Grumpy / Take a chill pill, Canberra

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STOP signs are installed for damn good reason! The word “stop” is quite simple and its meaning cannot really be misconstrued.

grumpyHowever, I continue to see drivers (every day) failing to obey these signs. I have witnessed cars, trucks, motorcycles, Action buses and even an L-plater (who was being supervised) all continuing straight through stop signs!

One hot spot is the Aranda exit flyover, another is the intersection of Redfern and Bowman Streets in Jamison, just to name a couple. Seriously, people, are you really in that much of a hurry?

My employment takes me all over this geat country of ours and I have driven in all of our capital cities. From my experiences, I can honestly say that the drivers here in the ACT are the most aggressive, impatient, arrogant and simply the worst in the country!

Failing to obey posted speed limits, disregarding speed limits at roadworks, crossing over unbroken lines and tail-gating; it’s no wonder the statistics for rear-end collisions in the ACT are the highest in the country!

Unless ACT Policing and the like take a stonger stance these issues are only going to get worse and more commonplace.

And as for our up and coming motorists (L and P-platers) who do you reckon is teaching them? No wonder the problem is just getting bigger and bigger.

Take a chill pill, Canberra and give yourselves an extra few minutes to get to where you’re going. Heaven knows it might just save yours or some innocent person’s life.

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