Double white lines won’t stop over­tak­ing

The Oban Times - - News -

Sir, With re­gards to the safety of the Oban to Con­nel stretch of the A85, there are a num­ber of points not men­tioned in pre­vi­ous ed­i­to­ri­als and cor­re­spon­dence.

First, double white lines do not stop driv­ers or mo­tor­cy­clists from over­tak­ing. I have seen driv­ers over­take on double whites, north- and south-bound, on the sec­tion just north of Pen­ny­fuir. Sim­i­larly, over­tak­ing takes place at the Dun­beg junc­tion, cross­ing into the red shaded ar­eas, again both north- and south-bound.

The sec­ond point is that cy­clists need a safer way to travel along this road. I have gasped at how close some ve­hi­cles have come to knock­ing the cy­clist into the gut­ter, while over­tak­ing at speed. Other driv­ers who have sen­si­bly slowed right down, then pro­ceed to pass, giv­ing the cy­clist a wide berth, then find them­selves fac­ing on­com­ing fast traf­fic on blind bends.

Fi­nally, for our very slow-mov­ing vis­i­tors or lo­cals, who are obliv­i­ous to ‘nor­mal’ or ‘sen­si­ble’ driv­ing speed or are too busy look­ing at the scenery, maps or other dis­trac­tions in­stead of the traf­fic behind them, there need to be more lay-bys and signs with mes­sages such as ‘Take a rest’ or ‘Use your mirrors’ and count­less other com­bi­na­tions.

Where you would build the lay-bys, though, is an­other topic for cor­re­spon­dence. Alistair Cameron, by email.

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