Look before you turn

A GAWLER East man has called on motorists to be extra mindful of their surroundings while negotiating the town’s busy Lyndoch Road/High Street intersection.

Resident Peter Hoye has taken issue with road users who, while queuing at the stoplights to turn right into Murray Street from Lyndoch Road, allow space for fellow motorists to turn right into High Street, without considering oncoming traffic travelling along the inside lane next to them.

Mr Hoye said these motorists may think they’re being unselfish, but are actually putting fellow drivers at risk by giving them the impression the left-hand lane is also clear for them to execute the right-hand turn.

“Sometimes that (unselfish act) can backfire; do-gooders do stuff up sometimes,” he said.

“Stopping short infers that turning right is okay.

“In this situation…they should drive in front of these vehicles (turning into High Street), regardless of whether they’re glaring at them…because they cannot see, they don’t have line of sight.”

Mr Hoye said he experienced a near-miss at the intersection while travelling down the left-hand lane earlier this year.

He narrowly avoided a collision with a driver who’d been ushered in by a “great, big logging truck” to turn right, despite not being able to see oncoming traffic behind the truck.

Last week, The Bunyip reported the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI) will meet with Gawler Council in coming weeks to discuss potential safety upgrades at the busy intersection.

A DPTI spokesman said the onus is on drivers turning right into High Street to ensure the coast is clear before executing the turn.

“If the right-turn queue on Lyndoch Road (heading into Murray Street) extends beyond High Street, then drivers turning right into High Street should only turn when they are certain that there are no oncoming drivers in the left-turn lane,” the spokesman said.

“Drivers should also pay attention to cyclists who may be travelling down Lyndoch Road towards Murray Street.”


Matteo Gagliardi joined The Bunyip in August 2016 with almost two years experience in regional print media, having previously worked at a community newspaper in Swan Hill, Victoria. Covering politics, local government and crime, Matteo likes to sink his teeth into hard-hitting issues, but also enjoys spending time getting to know the Gawler community. Matteo also has a passion for science, agriculture and the environment, and has previously worked as a media officer at the Australian Science Media Centre.

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