Dangerous RH turn

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Reported in the Road/highway category anonymously at 18:39, Thu 2 December 2010

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Turning right into Khouri Ave from Makara Rd is very dangerous as the turn is on a blind corner where it is difficult to see oncoming traffic. Problem could be solved by installing a convex mirror on intersection corner so turning motorists have a chance to monitor traffic flow

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Thank you for your enquiry. A job has been logged with our Roading and Traffic team to look into this enquiry. Your service request number if #1892420.
Convex mirrors are commonly used for security and safety reasons to overcome sight restriction problems in visibility deficient areas. Their use for safety is now widely accepted in low speed vehicle and pedestrian conflict areas such as warehouse driveways, truck loading bays and parking areas. They are also used in the public road environment by private individuals at sight restricted private property accesses. The convex shape of a mirror results in the image, speed and distance of an object being distorted. The degree of distortion depends on the radius of the curvature and the size of the convex mirror. The image appears to be smaller, further away and travelling at a slower speed in a mirror with a small radius of curvature. A convex safety mirror with a small radius of curvature will provide too much detail in a small area, which hampers road users discriminating ability. It takes some time for road users to understand and interpret the information provided. In addition to the distortion effects, the image of a vehicle in a convex mirror appears to be on the wrong side of the road. This is due to the ‘lateral inversion’ of the image created by the mirror. This lateral inversion (mirror image effect) can result in road users misinterpreting the images. Also there is difficulty in being able to adjust the mirrors to suit all driving positions, reflections causing dazzle by headlights and the sun, their proneness to vandalism, modest installation and high maintenance costs all contribute to the distraction of drivers from the actual traffic situation. For these reasons it is the Council’s policy not to use them in Wellington.
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