dangerous traffic light sequence

Reported in the Traffic lights category anonymously at 07:52, Fri 9 November 2012

Sent to Auckland Council 37 sec later.

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At the intersection of manukau road, quadrant road and Trafalgar street, the traffic light sequence is causing dangerous driving. Coming from royal oak heading towards quadrant road, going straight with a car in front of you turning right to Trafalgar street, you have to give way. The car turning has to give way to cars coming straight through and if you are waiting behind that car you are doing the correct thing. However, there is a turning lane on your left, heading towards onehunga, but cars still turn into that lane to overtake the cars waiting to go straight. If the cars are coming from royal oak and realise there is a waiting que, they will immediately enter the turning lane and overtake everyone, at speed. This is dangerous for anyone deciding to change lanes to do the same thing of overtaking the turning cars. There is a shop on the corner, jellicoe park further up, swimming pool in park gardens and all of these attract pedestrians, of which one day someone will die. We have royal oak intermediate school and onehunga high school just round the corner, and you see kids on these intersections all the time, if anything goes wrong, there most likely will be a death. Please change the sequence of the lights, so that one side of then road (manukau road) and then the other (quadrant) moves off first. Its very very dangerous and I have almost been involved in 2 crashes there purely by being behind a turning driver, and when he moves off and I get going, you have cars speeding past you. I followed one of these cars as she pulled into the swimming pools, and unloaded a minivan full of kids. I doubt they were all hers. Fix this asap.

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