Driv­ers cop a break with new road rules

Eastern Courier - - Front Page - By SI­MON SMITH

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.

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