Drivers cop a break with new road rules
Enforcement of new give way rules coming into effect on Sunday will be lenient.
Howick Strategic Traffic Unit Sergeant Lyon Dunn says police will initially give verbal and written warnings or tickets, depending on the circumstances.
‘‘We don’t want to be too harsh and we want to assist them in getting it right.’’
But drivers also need to take responsibility, he says.
‘‘People need to take time out to familiarise themselves with the new changes and they need to turn it over in their minds prior to the changes so that when they are implemented they know exactly how it is going to apply to them.
‘‘Safety is paramount and people will need to be patient in easing themselves into the new changes without incidents,’’ Mr Dunn says.
One rule change is when two cars approach each other and are both turning down the same side road, the car turning left will now have right of way.
The second change is at uncontrolled T-intersections where the car ‘‘at the top of the T’’ will turn first.