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MikeB4
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  #1879952 9-Oct-2017 15:08
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kryptonjohn:

 

I like the way you can treat a red light as a stop sign in the USA when turning right. In other words as long as you stop and look left, you can proceed through a right turn if clear.

 

We should be able to do that at red lights when turning left.

 

 

 

 

Good lord too many are already confused what to do at lights and don't know what amber and red means lets not complicate it.


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  #1879956 9-Oct-2017 15:19
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It's almost universal now - you can't do it if there's a red right-arrow.

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turn_on_red

 

"All 50 states, the District of ColumbiaGuam, and Puerto Rico have allowed right turns on red since 1980, except where prohibited by a sign or where right turns are controlled by dedicated traffic lights. (On January 1, 1980, Massachusetts became the last US state to allow right turns on red.[3]) The few exceptions include New York City,[4] where right turns on red are prohibited, unless a sign indicates otherwise."

 

 


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  #1879958 9-Oct-2017 15:21
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MikeB4:

 

kryptonjohn:

 

I like the way you can treat a red light as a stop sign in the USA when turning right. In other words as long as you stop and look left, you can proceed through a right turn if clear.

 

We should be able to do that at red lights when turning left.

 

 

 

 

Good lord too many are already confused what to do at lights and don't know what amber and red means lets not complicate it.

 

 

I reckon if the 'merkins can manage it then we can, Mike!

 

I do find it frustrating to sit waiting to turn left at a red light with no traffic coming from the right...




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  #1879965 9-Oct-2017 15:38
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kryptonjohn:

 

MikeB4:

 

kryptonjohn:

 

I like the way you can treat a red light as a stop sign in the USA when turning right. In other words as long as you stop and look left, you can proceed through a right turn if clear.

 

We should be able to do that at red lights when turning left.

 

 

 

 

Good lord too many are already confused what to do at lights and don't know what amber and red means lets not complicate it.

 

 

I reckon if the 'merkins can manage it then we can, Mike!

 

I do find it frustrating to sit waiting to turn left at a red light with no traffic coming from the right...

 

 

A large number of Kiwis see the lights as follows...

 

Amber... Accelerate as hard as possible.

 

Red... means stop only if you really feel like it.

 

Green... start of the drag race and accelerate has hard as possible. 

 

In general I agree with you but we need to address the woeful compliance with current rules first. Another annoying habit is muppets who enter an intersection before their exit is clear. I have lost count how many times I get tooted and abused for obeying that rule.

 

 


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  #1879968 9-Oct-2017 15:48
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One less muppet

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11931160

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  #1879971 9-Oct-2017 16:06
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Sad for its family, but I am very glad it is no longer driving on the roads my family use.

 

 


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  #1879976 9-Oct-2017 16:29
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freitasm:

 

There was a car accident on SH1 just after Porirua on the way to Wellington. Heavy weekend traffic coming back to the city. At one point it was one lane only with a couple of police cars and ambulance. Plus the construction work for the Transmission Gully, which won't be completed until 2020. So obviously just efore we reach the accident point someone merges "like a zip":

 

Then, just after the accident some muppet hogging the right lane... And another muppet decides to do this in front of me (note that due to the lens the car appears to be further than it was - the old "objects in the mirror are closer than they appear" effect):

 

 

I noticed that you use a Navman MiVue system, Which model? and most importantly what is it like for low light/night?

 

My partner is a night time shuttle driver and hairy stories told of the Muppets on the road at night between Tauranga-Auckland airport would make even a seasoned copper blanch. Anyway so a good night capture ability is the thing especially of number plates. WiFi/Bluetooth a bonus.





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  #1879977 9-Oct-2017 16:37
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kryptonjohn:

 

MikeB4:

 

kryptonjohn:

 

I like the way you can treat a red light as a stop sign in the USA when turning right. In other words as long as you stop and look left, you can proceed through a right turn if clear.

 

We should be able to do that at red lights when turning left.

 

 

 

 

Good lord too many are already confused what to do at lights and don't know what amber and red means lets not complicate it.

 

 

I reckon if the 'merkins can manage it then we can, Mike!

 

I do find it frustrating to sit waiting to turn left at a red light with no traffic coming from the right...

 

 

Bzzt, we had tried it, and failed miserably.

 

This was at the corner of Akoranga Drive and Northcote Rd, Auckland. Quite some years ago.

 

Unable to comprehend, "stop, look right, and then proceed if clear ....."

 

Possibly due to a number of reasons:

 

1) Not turning left into the left most lane, and instead, swinging out to the rightmost lane.

 

2) Drivers on Northcote Rd - 2 lanes each way, swapping lanes near the traffic lights without indicating.

 

3) Treating it as a give way

 

 





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  #1879979 9-Oct-2017 16:49
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SepticSceptic:

 

kryptonjohn:

 

MikeB4:

 

kryptonjohn:

 

I like the way you can treat a red light as a stop sign in the USA when turning right. In other words as long as you stop and look left, you can proceed through a right turn if clear.

 

We should be able to do that at red lights when turning left.

 

 

 

 

Good lord too many are already confused what to do at lights and don't know what amber and red means lets not complicate it.

 

 

I reckon if the 'merkins can manage it then we can, Mike!

 

I do find it frustrating to sit waiting to turn left at a red light with no traffic coming from the right...

 

 

Bzzt, we had tried it, and failed miserably.

 

This was at the corner of Akoranga Drive and Northcote Rd, ...

 

<snip>

 

 

You misunderstand me SS, I was only proposing we apply this in NEW ZEALAND.

 

 

 

:-)

 

 


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  #1880250 10-Oct-2017 10:28
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kryptonjohn: I do find it frustrating to sit waiting to turn left at a red light with no traffic coming from the right...

 

NSW Australia has it:

 

The black writing on a white background says:

 

LEFT TURN ON RED PERMITTED AFTER STOPPING

 

This sign allows you to turn left on a red light after stopping. When turning left you must give way to all traffic approaching from the right.

 

Left turn on red light is only permitted at intersections where the sign has been placed.

 

After living over there for 30 years I do miss this little bit of road sensibility especially in the quiet cities & towns etc of NZ after hours.





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  #1880262 10-Oct-2017 11:06
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I see here that nine people died in one weekend.

 

What is it with people and driving here? 

 

The sooner compulsory professional driver training is a requirement of taking a test, the better.






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  #1881860 11-Oct-2017 11:34
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MikeB4:...we need to address the woeful compliance with current rules first.

 

 

I think that lack of compliance is largely driven by frustration at the excessively cautious nature of the current controls at every intersection. Not being able to turn right just because of the red arrow when you have a clear view of oncoming vehicles for example - it's utterly ridiculous. Also, people are becoming very disconnected from driving by having every single opportunity to think for themselves taken away, so they often simply stop thinking as a response.


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  #1881867 11-Oct-2017 11:37
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cadman:

MikeB4:...we need to address the woeful compliance with current rules first.



I think that lack of compliance is largely driven by frustration at the excessively cautious nature of the current controls at every intersection. Not being able to turn right just because of the red arrow when you have a clear view of oncoming vehicles for example - it's utterly ridiculous. Also, people are becoming very disconnected from driving by having every single opportunity to think for themselves taken away, so they often simply stop thinking as a response.



Do you seriously believe the rules here are More strict than they are in other places with lower road tolls?





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  #1881873 11-Oct-2017 11:42
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Geektastic:

 

I see here that nine people died in one weekend.

 

What is it with people and driving here? 

 

The sooner compulsory professional driver training is a requirement of taking a test, the better.

 

 

Even more useful would be having to get retested every time you renew your licence rather than just paying money for the "right" to drive.  That way people would have less excuse for not knowing the current rules.

 

Also a reading comprehension and numeracy test needs to be included.  No-one seems to know what symbols such as "70" or "30" mean when they appear temporarily.





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  #1881879 11-Oct-2017 11:52
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geoffwnz:

 

 

 

Even more useful would be having to get retested every time you renew your licence rather than just paying money for the "right" to drive.  That way people would have less excuse for not knowing the current rules.

 

Also a reading comprehension and numeracy test needs to be included.  No-one seems to know what symbols such as "70" or "30" mean when they appear temporarily.

 

 

I had 1 hour of reflexes, theory etc including the simulator at Burwood 6 months after my stroke,

 

Had to pass that before they gave me 1 hour of practical with an Examiner and Occupational Therapist in the car the following week.

 

Then a wait for a 7 page report declaring me "safe to drive".

 

I hadn't been behind the wheel for 6 months before the exam!

 

This was after 30 years with my licence.

 

I passed!

 

So yes, I feel a right to be annoyed with the behaviour I see on our roads daily!


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