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#21 User is offline   NotFrogman 

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Posted 14 November 2012 - 02:35 PM

Twice now I have been blinded by some jerk with his high beams on at night so I don't switch my lights on at all.
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#22 User is offline   NotFrogman 

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Posted 14 November 2012 - 02:37 PM

I just got back from Bali and there were less accidents there, and they regularly go through red lights which means I do that in Perth now
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#23 User is offline   Roderick 

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Posted 14 November 2012 - 03:00 PM

View PostBam, on 14 November 2012 - 01:56 PM, said:

I had to look carefully. Yes, this is really bad and shows a lack of clear thinking on the part of the council or the road authority. What were they thinking when they decided to plant a hedge on the median of a divided road?

A similar issue are shrubs and hedges planted in the middle of roundabouts.

You ought to see it when the plants beside the hedge are in full bloom, they are up over the hedge by at least half a metre.
Unfortunately I don't have a photo but the lack of vision is really bad.
It's probably that mostly only locals use the intersection and that that's why there haven't been some serious accidents.
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Posted 14 November 2012 - 03:04 PM

One time I saw a zebra crossing that no one was walking over so now I don't bother slowing down at all
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#25 User is offline   Bam 

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 11:19 PM

View PostRoderick, on 14 November 2012 - 03:00 PM, said:

You ought to see it when the plants beside the hedge are in full bloom, they are up over the hedge by at least half a metre.
Unfortunately I don't have a photo but the lack of vision is really bad.
It's probably that mostly only locals use the intersection and that that's why there haven't been some serious accidents.

If this is in your area, maybe you should raise the issue with your local Member of Parliament, both State and Federal. (It's more likely to be under the jurisdiction of the State member but it doesn't hurt to go to both places.) It doesn't matter which party they belong to, they will be able to refer it to the appropriate authorities.
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Posted 18 November 2012 - 05:32 AM

This is not the only spot and it has been reported in the past, or so I'm told.
I do intend to report it to the RTA or whatever it's called at the moment, but your advice on sending it to the MPs is a better idea.

Roundabouts are also a problem, the vegetation obscures other traffic and the 'powers' say that this is policy as it stops people racing to get into the intersection first but it also stops one from seeing a car that is entering the roundabout fast.
I've had to stop in a hurry on a few occasions when a car has suddenly appeared around the 'jungle'; then there is the problem of cars going the wrong way one still has to give way to them as one is required to give way to all vehicles already in the roundabout. If there is a collision and the entering driver is judged to have been in a position where he could have given way then both drivers are at fault.
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Posted 18 November 2012 - 06:32 AM

Here's a couple of shots of gardening triumphant over road safety; not even a concealed driveway sign. The bushes are on the public right of way where the 'foot path' would normally be.
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View going down the hill (80 zone)

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Coming up the hill, at least there is a greater margin for avoidance.
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Posted 18 November 2012 - 11:41 PM

View PostRoderick, on 18 November 2012 - 05:32 AM, said:

This is not the only spot and it has been reported in the past, or so I'm told.
I do intend to report it to the RTA or whatever it's called at the moment, but your advice on sending it to the MPs is a better idea.

The MPs' offices will pass it on to the RTA or the local council just the same. It is more likely to be acted upon because the request is coming from the office of the Member of Parliament and not some random person.

I've had my share of dealings with VicRoads over traffic safety issues with road design, and I have found that even a direct approach can be effective. Less than a month after I raised the issue of a particular blind bend with dotted lines with VicRoads, that road was repainted with a solid white line, which it still has to this day, nearly 20 years later.

Good luck.
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Posted 22 November 2012 - 05:49 AM

Here's a couple of rare ones.
I've tried to find them on the appropriate sites, but no luck.
I think I know what they used to mean but can imagine no reason for them to be around these days; unless they are there to confuse older drivers.

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They used to indicate (iirc) that the speed limit was unrestricted, i.e. there was a prima facie limit of 50 mph but that one could drive at any speed over that if one was prepared to face court and prove that such speed was safe.

These days the absolute legal limit on this type of road is 100 kph so why not put up a 100 sign?

Edit: There!! a picture. I've since been told at the local RTA (or whatever it now is) that these are a 'downward' de-restriction, that is the upper limit is 100 but one can go as slow as one feels comfortable with and one is not expected to be up around the limit.
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Posted 01 February 2013 - 12:37 PM

I must rectify the above.
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This snippet appeared in "Police Briefs" in the Glen Innes Examiner for yesterday (the 31st Jan)

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A Lucky Escape

A motorcycle rider had to be conveyed to Glen Innes Hospital after his bike collided with a deer on Monday morning.
The 31 year old male was thrown from his bike and an oncoming car had to swerve from the road to miss him, while a semi-trailer jack-knifed trying to avoid the rider.
He was conveyed to hospital with a broken collar-bone.
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Shows just what can happen on an otherwise peaceful section of a country highway; it could have been a multiple tragedy.
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Posted 01 February 2013 - 01:19 PM

I was once riding pretty slowly through western British Colombia, Canada, in a thick fog at night... I got the feeling that I had just ridden past something and so I came back to a slow walk.... and pulled up right in front of a deer standing on the middle of the road. I had been riding through a heard of them, just standing on the road in the fog.

It was before mobile phones so I'm sure none of them were texting or calling.
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Posted 01 February 2013 - 06:15 PM

View Postscotto, on 01 February 2013 - 01:19 PM, said:

I was once riding pretty slowly through western British Colombia, Canada, in a thick fog at night... I got the feeling that I had just ridden past something and so I came back to a slow walk.... and pulled up right in front of a deer standing on the middle of the road. I had been riding through a heard of them, just standing on the road in the fog.

It was before mobile phones so I'm sure none of them were texting or calling.



Your last line reminds me of an old Far Side comic.

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Perhaps in the darkness, the deer were unaware of your presence on a pushbike.
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Posted 01 February 2013 - 08:47 PM

View Posticey, on 01 February 2013 - 06:15 PM, said:

Your last line reminds me of an old Far Side comic.

Perhaps in the darkness, the deer were unaware of your presence on a pushbike.

Good cartoon. It was a motorbike.
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Posted 19 February 2013 - 03:07 PM

Here's a few pics of the Gwydir H'way, between Glen Innes and Grafton, on the eastern side of the range.
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That's the road up above among the trees.

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One of the many hairpin bends is just to the right of the picture.

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Luckily no one was right on the spot when it happened.
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