Deadly road, or just terrible driving?
Over the past 10 years, there have been more than 200 crashes, causing four deaths and 17 serious injuries, on the section of SH58 between the Hutt Valley and the Pauatahanui roundabout. The NZ Transport Agency wants public feedback, closing on August 21, on a proposed package of improvements that include reducing the speed limit to 80kmh, installing roundabouts at the Moonshine Rd and Murphys Rd/Flightys Rd intersections, and widening shoulders and bridges to improve safety for motorists and cyclists. We asked Neighbourly users for their thoughts.
MORE SAFETY, PLEASE
There is plenty of overseas evidence to suggest that even if people obeyed the rules all of the time there would still be crashes. The problem with education is that everyone thinks that their driving is great and it is always the fault of somebody else. In order to reduce deaths and serious injuries four aspects need to be addressed: safe drivers, safe roads, safe cars and safe speeds. That may mean that maximum speed may be reduced on roads like SH58 but conversely those roads that have been built to current standards should have a higher maximum such as 110kmh for the expressway and Transmission Gully.
WATCH YOUR SPEED
I drive the road twice daily on five or six days of every week. The only problem I have with Haywards Hill is the people who drive at 80kmh or lower along the easy straight bits and mild curves, then speed up to 100kmh or more on the parts where there are passing lanes! And those who jam their brakes on for every slight curve.
DRIVE TO THE CONDITIONS
I also drive that road twice daily and have never found the 100kmh speed limit a problem. The road can be safely driven at that speed all the way in good weather. Regarding the roundabout idea: the only place I think there should be a roundabout is at the bottom of Joseph Banks Dr where it joins SH58 because this is a dangerous spot.
NO WIRE BARRIERS
I don’t understand what the problem is with this piece of road. It’s more the slow drivers that are the problem and then there’s not enough places to pass them safely. Please don’t suggest those wire barriers as median barriers - they’re hugely lethal and described as cheese graters by motorcyclists.
DON’T BLAME NZTA
Don’t blame NZTA for crashes. People should drive to the weather and road conditions, taking into consideration the state of their vehicle and their own driving experience.
LEAVE AS IS
I know the road well. I cannot recall any accidents by people driving to the conditions and speed limit. Why make these changes to accommodate idiots, the road is very suitable for the normal majority of drivers.
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Part of the winding stretch of SH58.