To stop or not to stop?
RED lines have recently been painted on the road at the approaches to many traffic intersections in Pietermaritzburg.
A red line means “no stopping”. So what happens when the traffic light turns red, which indicates that you have to stop, and you are next to a red line which prohibits you from stopping? Which one has precedence?
Maybe this is the reason why the drivers of so many vehicles do not stop at red lights. The South African Road Traffic Signs Manual is a good guide to fol low. It clearly shows that these lines on the approaches to intersections should be yellow, which means “no parking”. These would then allow one to stop at a red light.
On the far side of an intersection, a red line may well be painted to prohibit vehicles from stopping and backing up across the intersection causing grid locking. This poses the question: does the city have a traffic engineer?