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April 11, 2021

Some drivers are a worry

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Sarah Smith, Eltham

Some people who drive on our local roads are a serious concern. In two days, I’ve seen two serious incidents. They could have resulted in far worse outcomes.

I can’t decide whether sitting in one’s car, with the hazard lights on, ‘flashing’ on-coming traffic, or standing in the middle of the road (looking like a loony, trying to stop cars from crashing), is more effective. So many drivers ignore these obvious warning signs and go on, speeding.

In my experience, everyone is in a ‘hurry’. I’m not referring to tourists stopping in the middle of the road whilst they consult their maps.

I’m talking about locals, who know the roads so well that they think they can drive them blindfolded.

Please be sensible drivers. Our children depend upon it. They are on our buses. Please don’t be negligent.

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  1. Thanks Sarah
    A note for all pedestrians everywhere. Cyclists, joggers. Never take it for granted that a driver can
    1. see you , 2. respond adequately . Just because a car has headlights doesn’t mean a pedestrian is visible. Drivers get distracted, they glance away, at an attractive person, at something on ther leg, or the stereo, That brief moment can be enough for a pedestrian – who assumes they are seen by the driver – to be harmed. If you are going to jog on the road or cycle WEAR HIGH VIS CLOTHING! Especially on these country roads with no streetlights, you will be invisible to drivers without it. Further, drivers regular drive on the wrong side of the road on these country roads, while the (invisible) pedestrian is assuming they are safe, by being on the wrong side of the road, and assuming they are seen.
    If you’re a driver KEEP YOUR HEADLIGHTS ON. It’s shocking how many people don’t use headlights when it’s raining or foggy or dawn or dusk. Headlights are not so you can see, they are SO YOU CAN BE SEEN. Just like indicators need to be used so vehicles IN FRONT of you know what you are doing. All this stuff is elemntary. It saves lives. PLEASE BE A RESPONSIBLE DRIVER and PEDESTRIAN

  2. I am amazed at the number of cars at night which have only one headlight working. Very dangerous, especially if the “no” light is on the passenger side. Also the haphazard manner in which drivers use indicators. Other drivers are unable to discern their intentions.


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