No il­le­gal right turns

Western Leader - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - TORIKA TOKALAU-CHAN­DRA

These west Auck­lan­ders have had it with il­le­gal right turn­ers.

Right turns into Te Atatu South’s Vo­danovich Rd from School Rd are il­le­gal but that fact, and the three road signs show­ing the no right turn rule is in force, was be­ing ig­nored by many mo­torists.

Western Leader was at the in­ter­sec­tion dur­ing the af­ter­noon rush hour on June 19 and saw three mo­torists per­form­ing il­le­gal right turns within the space of an hour.

Donna Lyon, who lives two houses away from the in­ter­sec­tion, said she sees and hears the crashes and near misses - most of which go un­re­ported. Fender ben­ders have be­come a nor­mal oc­cur­rence, she said.

‘‘It is too dan­ger­ous,’’ Lyon said. ‘‘Peo­ple make il­le­gal right turns all the time - cars with un­re­strained kids, com­pany cars.’’

Auck­land Trans­port (AT) said in the last five years, six crashes were re­ported at the in­ter­sec­tion - one was a mi­nor in­jury and five were non­in­jury crashes. The crashes oc­curred on a week­day, dur­ing the day and on dry road con­di­tions.

Res­i­dents like Jas­mine MacGib­bon try to avoid the in­ter­sec­tion. MacGib­bon, 35, said she was con­fused who she should give way to some­times.

‘‘It ac­tu­ally scares me now,’’ MacGib­bon said.

Other mem­bers of the com­mu­nity ar­gue it wasn’t just the il­le­gal right turn­ers who are a prob­lem.

‘‘It’s just a very dan­ger­ous in­ter­sec­tion,’’ a res­i­dent said.

‘‘A sim­ple mis­take, ei­ther not indi­cat­ing or not tak­ing off early or too late could re­sult in an ac­ci­dent. And then we have the pedes­tri­ans, es­pe­cially school stu­dents to con­sider.’’

AT spokesman Mark Han­nan said AT had started an­other in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the cross­ing.

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