No illegal right turns
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.