Limit not a tar­get

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION -

Ed­i­tor,

What correspondents so far don’t seem to ap­pre­ci­ate is that an 80kmh speed limit [on State High­way 58] does not re­quire ev­ery­body to drive the whole way at this speed.

Yes, there are cor­ners (as on any other high­way) with prom­i­nent speed ad­vi­sories that give good guide­lines. There are also sev­eral sig­nif­i­cant stretches where 80kmh is not ap­pro­pri­ate and a lower speed is.

The lack of width makes it a poor (but pop­u­lar) choice for cy­clists at the best of times and the yel­low lines make it im­pos­si­ble to pass them with safe clear­ance with­out cross­ing the lines for most of the length. The nor­mal over­tak­ing clear-vis­i­bil­ity reg­u­la­tions should ren­der the dou­ble-yel­lows un­nec­es­sary.

An­other ma­jor prob­lem is the seem­ingly large num­ber of in­ept driv­ers us­ing this road. Driv­ing far too slowly (caus­ing frus­tra­tion for nor­mal driv­ers and tempt­ing rash be­hav­iour), and of­ten un­nec­es­sar­ily jam­ming feet on brakes at ev­ery cor­ner and for ev­ery on­com­ing car. Not sure if this one can be solved.

As for Grays Road, the 60kmh limit is over the top. Since when did youths take any notice of speed lim­its? The hor­ri­ble flat cor­ners are well-marked, and those silly poles achieve lit­tle more than driver-dis­trac­tion and dis­ori­en­ta­tion.

GE­OFF WOOD, Pa­pakowhai.

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