There are a lot of places around town where many drivers ignore road rules in order to save a few precious seconds. For those that do stick to the rules, it can often be a source of frustration and road rage when seeing others “get away with it”. Invariably these locations involve intersections, so I’ve highlighted a couple below where perhaps more policing is required.
I was a passenger in a vehicle heading out to the Airport the other day and what I witnessed inspired this post. We had a good run along SH20 and SH20a until we caught the tail of traffic waiting to get through the Kirkbride Rd intersection. The tail was roughly back to the start of the top arrow shown on the map below:
We were in the lane closest to the centre and as we waited patiently we noticed vehicles using the hard shoulder. At first it was just a couple of vehicles but the closer we got to Kirkbride Rd, the more vehicles we noticed on the shoulder, until at one point it became a solid third lane of traffic. Most of the vehicles were using the shoulder as a way reach the free left turn lane onto Kirkbride Rd. However not all were doing this – quite a few pushed their way back into the queue of traffic waiting patiently for their turn through the lights. The end result is that those doing the right thing have to wait even longer. Another group of users, mainly couriers and airport shuttles, would use the shoulder to turn left but then immediately do a u-turn on Kirkbride Rd and use the free left turn from there back onto George Bolt Memorial Dr.
But what can we do about it? The issue of vehicles doing u-turns could easily be solved by a simple raised median down Kirkbride Rd. The issue of vehicles using the shoulder is potentially much harder to solve, with perhaps the most effective option simply being better enforcement. Long term it is likely that this intersection will be grade separated, making the route more into a motorway, however that may just shift problems further down the road to the next intersection.
The next problematic intersection is one I travel through regularly – Lincoln Rd and Universal Dr in Henderson. When approaching the intersection I am usually coming from Universal Dr, turning left (north) in the direction of the motorway. The left turn is controlled by lights, and a large proportion of the time I have to wait for the signal to change. When that happens, a lot of the time a vehicle (or two) will still enter the intersection on what I assume is a red light. It happens so frequently that I often wonder if the timing of the lights is wrong. If not, there definitely needs to be improved enforcement as it means there is a hell of a lot of red light running. Heading south (away from the motorway) I often also see couriers turning down Universal Dr and doing a u-turn like mentioned above.
These are only two examples, but I’m sure there are hundreds of locations out there that some drivers exploit at the expense of others. Where are the ones that really frustrate you? And what do you think can be done to solve them?