Deadly road, or just ter­ri­ble driv­ing?

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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.

Em­maTonks,

Tawa

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.

Ge­off Wood,

Pa­pakowhai

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.

Vicky Tay­lor,

Whitby

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.

He­len Tweedie,

Whitby

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.

Martin McKen­drick,

Ti­tahi Bay

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.

Mar­lon Da­je­vic,

Tawa

WRITE TO US

Do you feel strongly about an is­sue in your com­mu­nity or have some­thing to say about our city? Con­tact us edi­tor@kmananews.co.nz or via Neigh­bourly. Please in­clude your full name, ad­dress and con­tact num­ber. No anony­mous let­ters will be ac­cepted. Let­ters are pub­lished at the edi­tor’s dis­cre­tion.

Part of the wind­ing stretch of SH58.

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