Mo­torists flout rules at busy in­ter­sec­tion

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

A re­cent mon­i­tor of traf­fic at the in­ter­sec­tion on Cham­bers St re­veals that many driv­ers are not stop­ping be­fore turn­ing on to State High­way 1.

Last week for around 45 min­utes, the in­ter­sec­tion was mon­i­tored and re­vealed 26 driv­ers turn­ing left onto State High­way 1 did not stop while five ve­hi­cles did stop. Of those turn­ing right, 19 ve­hi­cles stopped and six did not.

Taupo Road Polic­ing Group Acting Se­nior Sergeant Mur­ray Hamil­ton said those break­ing the law were both lo­cals and from out of town. ‘‘Un­for­tu­nately when we mon­i­tor this in­ter­sec­tion we find a large num­ber of peo­ple do not stop, both lo­cals and out-of-town­ers.’’

He said the in­ter­sec­tion was mon­i­tored ran­domly. ‘‘When we stop and talk to peo­ple about stop signs, ev­ery­one can tell us what is re­quired of them. Un­for­tu­nately a lot of peo­ple do not put this into prac­tice. The only way that peo­ple tend to learn is from ei­ther get­ting a ticket or hav­ing a crash. As we don’t want peo­ple to crash, our only op­tion is through en­force­ment. ’’

CHAM­BERS STREET: The in­ter­sec­tion is an area where many driv­ers don’t ad­here to the road signs.

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