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Journeys : Feb March 2010
www.rochesbeachliving.com.au State of the Art Independent Units • 24 hour Emergency Response • Beautiful Gardens & Community Centre • Close to Shops, Restaurants and Beach • 2 & 3 Bedroom Units Available • On Site Care Taker • Maximising Lifestyle, Minimising Stress Call John Crane to inspect. Free call 1800 246 418 Life on the move Roundabout crashes increasing -- do Tasmanians need a public education campaign? RACT Insurance says Tasmanian motorists are increasingly finding roundabouts confusing and is urging governments to consider an awareness campaign on roundabout r ules. R ACT Insurance is alarmed by an analysis of its claim s data showing that insurance claims for crashes approaching or in roundabouts has increased by 40% in just the last three years, compared to the previous three years. Trent Sayers, Chief Executive of R ACT Insurance, believes that this increase is a matter of considerable concer n and highlights the need to consider further awareness programs in terms of the safe use of roundabouts. "For most claims lodged, we know how the crash occurred, providing us with a fairly clear indication of the scope of the problem," Mr Sayers told Motor News Journeys. R ACTI claims data shows that: • Overwhelmingly on top of the list of causes are cars being r e a r- ended when slowing or stopping on the approach to a roundabout • The second biggest issue involve s crashes on a roundabout when vehicles entering the roundabout fail to give way to traffic already in the roundabout • The third most common problem involves crashes on multi- lane roundabouts, where vehicles change lanes Most claims received by R ACT Insurance relate to crashes in the south. "For example, there were more claims involving the Mor nington roundabout in Hobart than in the whole of Devonport," Mr Sayers told us. "Not doubt this reflects traffic flows at different roundabouts." In order, the most claims occurred for crashes in the south: • ABC (R ailway) Roundabout Hobart • Elwick Road-Showground Roundabout, Glenorchy • Summerleas Road Roundabout, Kingston • Mor nington Roundabout, Eastern Shore In norther n Tasmania, most claims involved: • Breadalbane Roundabout • Arthur Street/High Street Roundabout, Launceston • William Street/Nicholls Street Roundabout, Devonport The average repair bill for a crash approaching or in a roundabout is over $2000. The most expensive claims -- perhaps because of higher speeds -- occur at the Mor nington Roundabout on Hobart's Eastern Shore (average claim $2700). New national road r ules recently introduced include a new requirement that before entering a roundabout a driver gives a change of direction signal for long enough to give sufficient war ning to other drivers and pedestrians. But according to R ACT Insurance, there is already enough confusion at roundabouts for state and federal gover nments to con sider public education c ampaigns. While we accept that road safety experts support roundabouts because they lessen impact speeds, the growth in claim s we're experiencing suggests widespread misunderstanding. So far we're not aware of serious injury crashes at roundabouts, but it will be only a matter of time before there is a serious crash, given the growth in claims. 35 February / March 10
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