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Journeys : RACT MNJ June July 2010
In our community Your views Put an end to END speed limit signs Iam concer ned that 'End Speed Limit' signs are ambiguous, and cause confusion on Tasmanian roads. Why do they use them? I understand there is no open speed limit on Tasmanian roads, but I have also seen signs saying 'Speed limit 50 on Tasmanian roads, unless other wise signposted'. Surely it would be better to have a sign saying what the speed limit is, rather than saying what it's not! The Tasmanian Road Rules Handbook states that the default speed limits are 50km /h in built-up areas and 100km/h in country areas. However, I doubt tourists in the state would be aware of this, as many roads have a 110km/h limit. The Arthur Highway leaving Sorell is a good ex ample of this ambiguity. Just outside the tow n limit is an 'End 80' sign. I am sure many tourists travelling to Port Arthur (or indeed, many unaware locals) would not know what the speed limit is beyond that sign. I think it would save much confusion and guesswork to have signs showing clearly what the speed limit is. With the dreadful road toll that we are unfortunately know n for, the clearer our road signs and speed limits are, the better! Denise Hennessy Lindisfar ne Ithink I have the an swer to the conundr um about confusing speed limit signs. Having regularly passed 'End 80' signs on the Lyell Highway during the past year, I have pondered long and hard upon their meaning, but sadly conclude that there is only one logical course of action: to reduce my speed to 50km/h until I pass the next sign that tells me what the speed limit is. This conclusion is based on the blanket declaration that, in Tasm ania, the speed limit on all roads is 50km/h unless other wise signed. If someone can demonstrate a flaw in my logic, I would be eternally grateful; but I am sure that the only logical solution to the dilemma is to replace all the meaningless signs telling us what the speed limit is NOT, with signs telling us what the speed limit IS. Reg Parton Malbina One of the most fr ustrating occur rences on approaching roundabouts is when you see a vehicle on your right also approaching the roundabout with its left-hand indicator flashing. This indicates to me that the vehicle will exit immediately at the next exit in which I'm waiting. Often that driver keeps on going past the indicated exit! If it is a four-exit roundabout and the car is going straight on, the driver will indicate right prior to exiting. The thinking seems to be if you're deviating left from your straight line you indicate left and then right indicates you are retur ning to your original trajectory. The danger is if you think this vehicle is going to take the first exit and then you move off, you risk a collision due to his improper indication. How do we educate these people, as it is a very frequent misdemeanour? Perhaps police vigilance at roundabouts will result in these offenders being booked! Ian Kershaw Summerhill Distractions or selling points? Iwonder if some sales features on moder n cars can be distracting to drivers? That disembodied voice telling the driver where to go; that cr uise control, slowing reaction time in a quickly-developing crisis; that sweet (or not so sweet) music beguiling a driver with a momentary break in concentration; that TV screen that demands attention when it's later than you think. What do others say? Brian Miller Lenah Valley Got your R-plate yet? Iam 85 and still driving happily, though I know the day will come when I join my friends who no longer have their licences. I am in favour of driving tests for older people; we tend to believe we are still competent, in spite of ever-increasing traffic. But we see many cases of bad and thoughtless driving -- so why not a random test for people of all ages? Some older drivers could have a licence restricted to the local area they know well, with an 'R-plate' so that others can give them the same consideration that we should give to L-plate drivers. Stephen Cox Longford Roundabouts -- frustration and disbelief Icannot believe the letter printed recently on the subject of roundabouts, which claimed that signalling a left turn coming off a roundabout should be banned 'because it is dangerous'. I must admit that at first I thought it was a humorous letter, written tongue-in-cheek, but then I realised that he was serious. I always make a practice of signalling left tur ns when leaving a roundabout. I have noticed that it is rarely done by anyone else. If no-one is doing it, how can it be dangerous? As long as you put your indicator on before you get to the turn that you are going to take, it can harm no-one but it does indicate to a waiting driver that it is indeed safe to pull out and proceed. If you have your left indicator on and drive past a tur n-off, hitting another car, you are indeed in the wrong. Has your correspondent driven in any other state or overseas countries where all drivers seem to manage roundabouts with no proble m s? Robert LePage Cygnet June / July 2010 10
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