Dangerous Road Siding/Traffic Island

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Reported in the Other category anonymously at 18:23, Tue 27 February 2018

Sent to Waitomo District Council 45 sec later.

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There is no markings on the traffic island west of the Waitomo Glow Worm caves - tourists are mistaking the bus parking area for a second lane/thinking they have to drive on the left of the traffic island and driving into the path of other vehicles who have thought the vehicles have pulled off the road. The bus parking area and traffic island need to be clearly marked that it is not a second lane. Maybe yellow cross hatching painted on the tarseal? There used to be signs on the traffic island but they have been removed. The attached photo from dashcam video shows the issue. The full video shows the tourist vehicle pulling off the road - both the truck driver and I thought they had pulled off to stop - it ended in a minor accident - but could have easily have been a fatality - it was a miracle the car did not go underneath the axle/trailer of the stock truck! When I returned through the same site a few minutes later I witnessed a logging truck speeding through the same bus parking area rather than using the road - also pretty dangerous if there had been cars parked around the corner. With the number of logging trucks and tourists using this part of the road something needs to be done please before there is a fatal accident in this spot. Thank you.

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