To stop or not to stop?

The Witness - - OPINION - TERRY SHONE Pi­eter­mar­itzburg

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?

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