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  # 2064190 28-Jul-2018 16:22
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michaelmurfy:

 

As per @Geektastic's statement regarding phone use I have been that guy who has honked my horn to gain the attention of the person in the lane beside me to tell them to leave their "f*******" phone alone and keep their eyes on the road. Other times I've actually reported phone use to the police and enjoy seeing people get pulled over for it. I've got Apple Carplay in my car and don't ever touch my phone when I am driving even when stopped or gridlocked in traffic.

 

I had a similar experience recently.

 

Approaching the Harbour Bridge, I was in the 2nd lane from the left. In the left lane, a little further up, this car drifted over into my lane and then jerked back into their lane. A short time later, the same thing occurred. Going up the Bridge, I passed the car and looked over as I did. She was holding her phone up right in front of her - clear as day. So I gave her a beep of the horn and I have no regrets over doing that. We made eye contact but I don't know if she put the phone down, as she was going slower than me and I lost sight of her.

 

Further along the motorway she went past me as my lane had slowed down to a stop. But this time she had the phone up to her ear *facepalm*

 

 

 

Of course, I filled out the bad driver form on the police website.


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  # 2064604 29-Jul-2018 15:30
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I've cheekily beeped a handful of people using their phones in their car.  I expected some sort of response but never got anything.  I guess people using phones are numb-skulls in the first place.  Bit like those that require three or four beeps of the horn before they move off on green arrows.


 
 
 
 


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  # 2064711 29-Jul-2018 22:41
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In the UK (and here I expect, although I have never seen it) Police cars used for traffic duty usually have moving matrix signs in the rear window which can be set to display messages - for example, "Accident Ahead - SLOW" or whatever.

 

I was once driving on the M25 and some doofus was up ahead with his rear fog lights on, no fog anywhere to be seen. They are very bright and a big distraction for following cars. I chuckled as a police car pulled in front of the said car and a message appeared in the back window saying "TURN YOUR FOGLIGHTS OFF!!"

 

Maybe we need the same thing - "PUT YOUR PHONE DOWN!"






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  # 2064720 29-Jul-2018 23:16
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kryptonjohn:

I think the right of way rules would say the changing lane driver has to give way, and there's no legal obligation to let someone in, but speeding up to close a gap and intentionally obstruct someone is certainly deserving a ticking off from Mr Plod.


 


 



There's a few areas in Wgtn where taxi drivers game the system by forcing their way in at the head of a line of traffic turning.

Road User Rule 2.4 probably applies
"If road markings or traffic signs designate specific lanes for specific manoeuvres at the approaches to an intersection, a driver must not use any lane except for the manoeuvre appropriate to its marking or signage."

The Council could stop a lot of this by sticking some flexi pylons to stop late lane changes but choose to regard it as an enforcement issue.

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  # 2065701 31-Jul-2018 15:00
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On my way to work last week at approx 6.15am I had to pass someone on the left as they were in the right hand lane of SH1 with a phone held up to their lips; this part of SH1/motorway from Mosgiel to Dunedin has recently had 4 keep left if not passing signs added to the side of the road ...

 

On the weekend I was the muppet, I was in a part of Dunedin I hadn't been to in years/maybe ever .. and found myself at a 4 way stop sign .. and I had no idea what to do.
I ended up letting the people to the left and right of me go .. I've since read up on my rules


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  # 2066591 1-Aug-2018 21:10
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Geektastic:

 

In the UK (and here I expect, although I have never seen it) Police cars used for traffic duty usually have moving matrix signs in the rear window which can be set to display messages - for example, "Accident Ahead - SLOW" or whatever.

 

I was once driving on the M25 and some doofus was up ahead with his rear fog lights on, no fog anywhere to be seen. They are very bright and a big distraction for following cars. I chuckled as a police car pulled in front of the said car and a message appeared in the back window saying "TURN YOUR FOGLIGHTS OFF!!"

 

Maybe we need the same thing - "PUT YOUR PHONE DOWN!"

 

 

I'd be happy if they had a decent length campaign on getting the twits to turn off ALL their fog lights here. They did a short one on turning into the closest lane of a multilane road a number of years back which had little effect.


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  # 2066594 1-Aug-2018 21:22
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TonyR1973:

 

Geektastic:

 

In the UK (and here I expect, although I have never seen it) Police cars used for traffic duty usually have moving matrix signs in the rear window which can be set to display messages - for example, "Accident Ahead - SLOW" or whatever.

 

I was once driving on the M25 and some doofus was up ahead with his rear fog lights on, no fog anywhere to be seen. They are very bright and a big distraction for following cars. I chuckled as a police car pulled in front of the said car and a message appeared in the back window saying "TURN YOUR FOGLIGHTS OFF!!"

 

Maybe we need the same thing - "PUT YOUR PHONE DOWN!"

 

 

I'd be happy if they had a decent length campaign on getting the twits to turn off ALL their fog lights here. They did a short one on turning into the closest lane of a multilane road a number of years back which had little effect.

 

 

 

 

I do not disagree. I see a fair few cars with no headlights on and fog lights, or just side lights on and fog lights. What's that about?






 
 
 
 


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  # 2068289 5-Aug-2018 16:35
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Interesting one from today - taking a shortcut by crossing the footpath / carpark hoping to beat the traffic lights. Lucky though, he was worse off than just waiting...

 

 

Times like that you wish there was a cop there.





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  # 2068330 5-Aug-2018 19:50
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Drove Wellington - Taupo - Wellington this weekend. A couple of muppets overtaking on the yellow lines. But really, what's the deal with muppets driving at 70Km/h on a 100Km/h zone?

 

Also people who can't plan ahead. The sign says passing lane 2 Km ahead. The muppet maintains the (long) distance between himself and the driver in front - instead of trying to catch up before the passing lane. When the passing lane comes he is so far behind that there's no way for him to pass - or other people pass. 

 

I passed him and wife asked "Why did you pass this one, he's doing ok" - "Yes he is but see how far he is behind the other car? At 90 Km per hour the next time there's a passing lane we will be stuck behind him again."

 

I like planning two or three passing lanes ahead, even more if the guy in front is going at 85 - 90.





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  # 2068334 5-Aug-2018 20:01
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freitasm:

 

Drove Wellington - Taupo - Wellington this weekend. A couple of muppets overtaking on the yellow lines. But really, what's the deal with muppets driving at 70Km/h on a 100Km/h zone?

 

 

 

 

 

 

I don't have a problem with people driving slowly, as long as they pull over regularly to let people pass. The number of people who don't on the Rimutukas for example, even learners with L plates like today, is just  inconsiderate driving I would like to see police pull more of these drivers over and fine them. 

 

I think anyone caught overtaking on yellow lines should instantly lose their license for at least a year. It is incredibly dangerous, and putting other peoples lives at risk. It is ironic how we have all their workplace and health and safety laws around other things, but driving is still very much uncontrolled, unless their is a cop of camera nearby. 


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  # 2068821 6-Aug-2018 15:39
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freitasm:

 

I like planning two or three passing lanes ahead, even more if the guy in front is going at 85 - 90.

 

 

Ditto.  I pass when I can do so safely and legally - regardless of how close the next passing lane is. 





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  # 2068845 6-Aug-2018 16:06
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mattwnz:

 

freitasm:

 

Drove Wellington - Taupo - Wellington this weekend. A couple of muppets overtaking on the yellow lines. But really, what's the deal with muppets driving at 70Km/h on a 100Km/h zone?

 

 

 

 

 

 

I don't have a problem with people driving slowly, as long as they pull over regularly to let people pass. The number of people who don't on the Rimutukas for example, even learners with L plates like today, is just  inconsiderate driving I would like to see police pull more of these drivers over and fine them. 

 

I think anyone caught overtaking on yellow lines should instantly lose their license for at least a year. It is incredibly dangerous, and putting other peoples lives at risk. It is ironic how we have all their workplace and health and safety laws around other things, but driving is still very much uncontrolled, unless their is a cop of camera nearby. 

 

 

 

 

Rimutaka Hill road is a difficult one; it can offer sudden hazards, such as rocks in the road, trucks coming round bends towards you so close that you can smell the driver's breath, hidden wet or icy patches. I see many people driving that road in an extremely dangerous manner, clearly thinking they are very cool WRC drivers or something. Recently I had one guy corner so hard to get round the traffic that he was on 3 wheels instead of 4, several so close to the edge of the traction envelope that their tyres were squealing as they went round bends, a motorcycle come round a blind bend towards me, on my side of the road, against double yellow centre lines and so on.

 

The speed limit on that road needs reducing IMO to 80. It's just not safe or sensible to have a 100 limit on a road like that.






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  # 2068847 6-Aug-2018 16:12
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Geektastic:

 

 

 

Rimutaka Hill road is a difficult one; it can offer sudden hazards, such as rocks in the road, trucks coming round bends towards you so close that you can smell the driver's breath, hidden wet or icy patches. I see many people driving that road in an extremely dangerous manner, clearly thinking they are very cool WRC drivers or something. Recently I had one guy corner so hard to get round the traffic that he was on 3 wheels instead of 4, several so close to the edge of the traction envelope that their tyres were squealing as they went round bends, a motorcycle come round a blind bend towards me, on my side of the road, against double yellow centre lines and so on.

 

The speed limit on that road needs reducing IMO to 80. It's just not safe or sensible to have a 100 limit on a road like that.

 

 

Amen 

 

 





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  # 2068857 6-Aug-2018 16:29
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Merging is my current bugbear. Merge like a zip. Merge. Drive in your lane, indicating, and as your lane starts getting too narrow for your vehicle, gradually merge into the next lane.

 

Every day on my morning commute I see people approach a merge, spot half a gap next to them, indicate and suddenly change lanes. The vehicle behind them sees the gap that's been created so moves ahead and tries to get two or three cars further up the queue. This results in two vehicles suddenly being in the space that was being left for one by the vehicle in the next lane. Usually, a motorcycle tries to lane split up the middle at the same time.

 

I've never seen the teeth on a zip behave like this, disconnecting from one side of the zip and leaping across to the other, jumping up and down their own side of the zip, and squeezing two teeth on one side into the same space on the other. If the zip on my Levi's merged like that I'd have irreparable damage to a rather tender part of my anatomy.


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  # 2068860 6-Aug-2018 16:44
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Yep, we can't merge.

 

I drive home on the Northern Motorway every night (going towards the City).

 

When it is busy (Thursdays and Fridays usually), the motorway slows down before the Northcote on-ramp. I usually drive down there in the left lane. I always leave a big gap in front of me for the queue of cars waiting to merge, and they do. Once the big chunk of cars has go on the motorway, I fall in behind, in the hope that the person behind me will leave a gap for the next couple of cars (they come two at a time from the on-ramp lights). Just about every time - a muppet will go all the way down in front of me and everyone (usually on the breakdown strip) just to get in a couple of cars ahead.


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