HAZARDOUS SITUATIONS ENCOUNTERED BY ROAD USERS

All these situations are unnecessarily hazardous to road users and could easily be improved.


TRAFFIC LIGHT CONTROLLED CROSSROADS

What signs or signals warn of oncoming traffic?

 

NONE!

....... well none except this rare one!

THIS SITUATION IS POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS AND CAUSES ACCIDENTS!

What is needed - A WARNING if there is an oncoming traffic hazard.

 
WHY IS IT DANGEROUS?
This is what the highway code says about a green light:
"GREEN means you may go on if the way is clear. Take special care if you intend to turn left or right and give way to pedestrians who are crossing"
The problem: The introduction of single direction 'phased' lights and filter lanes has made some junctions safer, but by equal measure has introduced uncertainty and confusion as to junction priorities.

TWO SETS OF LIGHTS WITH ONE BIG DIFFERENCE !

SAFE - When vehicles can only move from one direction, due to 'phasing' of the traffic lights, collisions cannot occur.


Example of a safe 'phased' junction

Green means Go,
you have priority
in all directions.
     
UNSAFE - When vehicles can move from two directions and are in competition for the road space within the junction, such as right turns, collisions can occur.

Example of an unsafe junction
GREEN means Go BUT
Give way when turning right!

SAME LIGHTS, BUT
DIFFERENT RULES = CONFUSION, DELAYS & ACCIDENTS!

Delays: Drivers slow down or stop to give way unnecessarily when they have sole right of way.

Accidents: Drivers fail to recognize that vehicles from other directions also have right of way.

Q. Turning right, how can you tell if you have to give way?
A. You have to 'read' the traffic and judge for yourself.

Giving drivers a distinct warning would be much safer.

When road management authorities install traffic light signals, they are creating a 'controlled environment'. In doing so they have a 'duty of care' to warn of potential safety hazards or dangers posed by managed vehicle flows moving within the junction.

Currently there is no sign or signal that they can deploy to fulfil this duty!

     
Case study: This sign is proof that a warning works
This junction was always covered in broken headlight glass and indicator lenses - UNTIL the local authorities put up this sign.

IT WORKED! - accidents were drastically reduced

But this sign is only a partial solution. Why?

Because:
It is illegal under the DFT rules!
It can only be read by the first one or two vehicles in the right turning lane.
You need to be able to read and understand English to take heed of the warning.

 

 

 

ONE WAY STREETS

Right way!
But where are the 'wrong way' signs!!!

THIS SITUATION IS POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS AND CAUSES ACCIDENTS!

What is needed - A clearly visible means to tell you that YOU are going the 'wrong way' and AGAINST the permitted traffic flow.

 


NO ENTRY SIGNS

Why do people miss these signs?
1. They cannot be seen at an acute angle!
2. Too high to be easily seen at close quarters!

3. Difficult to see in poor visibility!

THIS SITUATION IS POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS AND CAUSES ACCIDENTS

What is needed - An indication that is visible from a wide angle and closer to the natural eye line.

 

 

 


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