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One of my interests is Road Safety and as I drive most days Iím always mindful of it.

Today I was almost involved in a collision at a roundabout in Glen Innes, a car comiInd from the opposite direction and turning right would have hit my vehicle had I not braked in time.
Now Iím well aware that one must giveaway to vehicles already in the roundabout but how is one to comply with the law when the island is covered with vegetation that conceals the other side of the roundabout?

This is the second incident at this particular roundabout and the same thing happened a one in Tamworth.
Fourth time I might not be so lucky and Iíll be charged for not giving way, I doubt that not being able to see the opposite side will cut any ice.
Posted by Is Mise, Monday, 29 November 2021 6:28:24 PM
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is Mise,
A photo of the roundabout to the local newspaper will do the trick, Facebook will get even quicker results.
Posted by individual, Tuesday, 30 November 2021 7:00:16 AM
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Individual,

But thatís only one, there are hundreds around the State and each one is a danger, especially the big ones.
Posted by Is Mise, Tuesday, 30 November 2021 8:16:14 AM
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Is Mise,

My husband recently went to the Council and reported
the parking on a narrow street three lanes wide
leaving only the middle-lane for two way traffic.
Some cars park very closely to edges of driveways,
and street intersections and one has to be very careful
not to have an accident.

A nearby concentration of car-dealerships block the street
with vehicles and it's only a matter of time for a major
accident to happen.

My husband received a letter from the Council advising that
they will inspect the two locations, but he believes that
nothing will be done until a major disaster happens.
The condition has existed for years - and we didn't notice the
problem until we moved into our new apartment recently.
Posted by Foxy, Tuesday, 30 November 2021 9:16:32 AM
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is Mise,
Another perfect example of a desperate need for a National Service gang !
Posted by individual, Tuesday, 30 November 2021 10:12:02 AM
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Is Mise I think that is now the policy of the road planners today. They have become as stupid as the town planners have been for years.

There have been a number of new roundabouts constructed in my district over recent years. At a number of these they have imported a huge amount of fill, & built up the large island in the middle to a level where a driver can't see what is coming from the other direction, even from the cab of a large truck. They build convoluted turns & chicanes into the approach to these roundabouts to make it even harder to enter the thing, & make the whole thing awkward to traverse, & thus slower.

An acquaintance who lives near one of these tell me they often hear the squeal of brakes at night, & find themselves holding their breath as they wait to hear if it is followed by the big bang of a crash. This did not happen when it was a simple country road intersection.

One of these near me had a cast of dozens building the thing, including 6 lollypop persons every day for 7 months. With that & other road works we wondered if they were trying to solve the countries unemployment in our district alone.

The road works are another sore point The widen & straighten the road, then paint silly islands to take up most of the extra bitumen, then reduce the speed limit even lower than it was back in the days when they were gravel roads.

We are not going back to get sensible roads until we get rid of these stupid academic trained planners & get back to John Doe, 30 year experienced council road worker designing things.
Posted by Hasbeen, Tuesday, 30 November 2021 2:40:45 PM
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