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# 214244 3-May-2017 12:55
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Hi a long time ago, driving in NZ when you turn left at the traffic lights you always gave way to the pedestrians who had the green man light.


When I was in urban Australia, you never give way to pedestrians who had the green man light, you just go if there's a gap.


Back in NZ nowadays, pedestrians take up all the green traffic light time to cross, so that generally you can't turn unless you turn after the light is red (even then sometimes the pedestrians are STILL crossing!!!)


So - is it acceptable to just drive and turn left when pedestrians are still far away on the other side?

Involuntary autocorrect in operation on mobile device. Apologies in advance.

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  # 1774923 3-May-2017 13:08
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A green signal means you can go, provided it is safe and:


  • if you are turning right, you give way to vehicles coming towards you that are going straight through,or vehicles turning left.
  • you give way to pedestrians crossing. This includes riders of mobility devices and wheeled recreational devices.






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  # 1774964 3-May-2017 14:28
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I think you should be following the lights that are directed at you, not the pedestrian. So, if it's red-->stop, green-->go, no light-->check and go. If 'your' light does not exist, then give way if the little man is green. If it's red, and flashing, AFAIK pedestrians are not allowed to start crossing. They deserve to know that they are being idiots.


As the post above yours says, give way to pedestrians crossing.

What makes you believe they are 'not allowed' to start crossing?





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