19 June 2020

Police target road rules around intersections

| My Gungahlin
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This month, ACT Policing is targeting people breaking road rules around intersections as part of its road safety calendar.

With half of all collisions in Canberra occurring at intersections, police are urging road users to take extra care around intersections.

Traffic Operations Officer in Charge Acting Station Sergeant Marcus Boorman said many collisions around intersections are preventable and the solution is to pay attention, know the road rules, follow the rules and don’t take chances.

“Everyone using the road is responsible for knowing the road rules. That includes drivers, motorcyclists, cyclists and even pedestrians. It’s just as important for a pedestrian to know when and where they can walk as it is for a driver to know when to give way or when to stop,” A/Station Sergeant Boorman said.

“If you’ve ever found yourself at an intersection asking yourself, ‘do I need to give way here or do they, do I stop or do they’, then you need to refresh yourself on the road rules.”

“It may be stating the obvious, but intersections are where all types of road users – from drivers to pedestrians – cross paths in very close proximity. That’s why it’s all the more important to know the rules, pay attention and take extra care when approaching and moving through intersections.”

So far this year (January to April), ACT Policing has issued 383 Traffic Infringement Notices to people breaking road rules around intersections.

“ACT Policing will be out this month targeting road rules around intersections and no, we won’t just be targeting drivers,” A/Station Sergeant Boorman said.

The ACT Road Rules Handbook is available on the Access Canberra website.

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