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FLUSH ME­DIAN LAW

I be­lieve that in some cir­cum­stances it can be ex­cused con­sider for ex­am­ple the shock­ing queues at the Te Atatu round­about. Ob­vi­ously one must take care around schools but we have to be aware of the state of our roads and the fact that our city plan­ning is quite lack­ing and can­not pos­si­bly ac­com­mo­date the huge in­flux of peo­ple into our city ev­ery month.

GE­OR­GIA HOB­SON

Glen Eden

It gets in­ter­est­ing when two ve­hi­cles are us­ing the flush me­dian from op­po­site di­rec­tions and don’t quite get to their in­tended turn­ing point. One sug­ges­tion would be to in­stall traf­fic is­lands along the flush me­dian to di­vide it into ‘‘le­gal’’ sec­tions. That re­duces the risk of id­iots us­ing it for pass­ing, while also re­duc­ing the risk of head on

I think peo­ple need to ex­er­cise com­mon sense (in­stead of ask­ing for our lives to be reg­u­lated to the nth de­gree). When us­ing a flush me­dian - ob­vi­ously the shorter the dis­tance, the safer it will be. How­ever, if you can clearly see ahead to your exit, and can rea­son­ably judge that there will be no on­com­ing traf­fic (which may also want to use the me­dian) then larger dis­tances should be per­mis­si­ble. If you can’t see your exit, or judge what on­com­ing traf­fic might be do­ing, wait un­til you can.

SARAH TAT­TER­SALL Ranui

I think a 100 me­ters seems like a rea­son­ably safe dis­tance to use flush medium for a right turn­ing ve­hi­cle.

ABHI SINGH Kel­ston

If an ac­tion feels un­safe, it prob­a­bly is. On the other hand, I don’t un­der­stand why this man got a fine when there was no spe­cific rule in place for him to break. A sys­tem of mark­ing me­dian strips to in­di­cate a point at which it is per­mis­si­ble to queue for a right turn would be a very good idea.

WA­TER TREAT­MENT PLANT

It’s not about pre­vent­ing a new wa­ter treat­ment plant be­ing built, it’s about mak­ing sure it does hap­pen on a site that means many fam­i­lies lose their homes. Water­care al­ready owns a site that has per­mis­sion to for a new wa­ter treat­ment plant. This site would not need Water­care to force­fully pur­chase and de­mol­ish fam­ily homes, this al­ter­nate site would also mean fewer pipes and in­fra­struc­ture need to be build as it is next to the ex­ist­ing treat­ment plant.

Ben Smith

Ora­tia

BUILD IT UP

I agree that high rise build­ings are the way of the fu­ture for hous­ing prob­lems to be solved. Many small cen­tres could pro­vide com­mu­nity ser­vices and liv­ing. Some­thing us oldies and chil­dren would feel safer with.

PHYL­LIS REID

Hen­der­son

WRITE TO US

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Ran­jit Ra­jas­ingh got a ticket for driv­ing on the flush me­dian.

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