Limit not a target
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.