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Thursday 1 June 2017
District Council has today voted to upgrade three intersections in the district
from a ‘give way’ control to a ‘stop’ control, following reports that poor
visibility at the intersections could be an unsafe hazard for
hedges, power poles and parked cars have been identified as obstructing driver
vision at the Oak Grove/Elizabeth Street, Seafield Road/Company Road and
Winchmore Dromore Road/Mitcham Road intersections, and all will soon require
drivers to stop before proceeding through the intersection.
Roading Manager Brian Fauth says poor visibility can play a role in drivers
failing to give way, and these particular intersections all have inadequate
regularly reviews its roading network for safety. Currently, it can be
difficult for drivers to see oncoming vehicles at these intersections. The
introduction of ‘stop’ signs is intended to instruct drivers to stop at the
appropriate location so that they have enough time and are in the right
position to adequately see oncoming traffic.”
Grove/Elizabeth Street intersection has the highest number of recorded crashes
at an intersection in the district, with 19 crashes reported since 2007.
Failure to give way was the main cause of the crashes in all incidences.
crashes have occurred at the Seafield Road/Company Road intersection in the
last 10 years, with four resulting from drivers failing to give way.
intersection at Winchmore Dromore Road and Mitcham Road has not reported any
crashes due to failure to give way, however Mr Fauth says the 100km/h speed
limit on Mitcham Road would increase the severity of an accident, should one
information about road safety at intersections, visit the Council website.