Back from holiday – the proliferation of road signs

Back from holiday – the proliferation of road signs

It wasn’t really a holiday – a 3-day festival followed by a 3-day drumming workshop – but it took my mind off cars for a while. Although, I did have to drive to Rotorua to get there and couldn’t believe the number of signs on the road put there by the government. No, I’m not talking about 30kph signs advertising roadworks when there are none around (though, those are still there); I’m talking about the power-nap signs and the ones telling you the 31% of crashes are caused by inappropriate speed.

Of course, the vast majority of crashes are caused by inattention to the road, but you can’t have a sign that says that because it distracts you from the road.

Holiday drivers were in evidence with their cars packed to the gills with beach balls, tents and chilly bins, usually right to the top. Which means in the event of a sudden stop all that paraphernalia would come flying forward to make a nice dent in the back of the passengers’ heads.

I also had yet another experience of calling the police to report a drunk driver (this time heading into Rotorua), following the driver for at least 10km while on the phone to the police, yet the police being totally unable to supply a car. Probably because they’re on the side of the road with radars attempting to find people doing 111kph. This is about the 11th time (no kidding) that this has happened. In fact, not once have the police managed to get a car to me, despite one time driving right past a police station (Ellerslie-Panmure Highway), and another time having followed the driver to their gate then discovering a police car parked on the side of the road 100m around the corner.

It’s ridiculous. Rant over – I have to deal with the 270 emails that came in during the last 6 days!

It wasn’t really a holiday – a 3-day festival followed by a 3-day drumming workshop – but it took my mind off cars for a while. Although, I did have to drive to Rotorua to get there and couldn’t believe the number of signs on the road put there by the government. No, I’m not talking about 30kph signs advertising roadworks when there are none around (though, those are still there); I’m talking about the power-nap signs and the ones telling you the 31% of crashes are caused by inappropriate speed.

Of course, the vast majority of crashes are caused by inattention to the road, but you can’t have a sign that says that because it distracts you from the road.

Holiday drivers were in evidence with their cars packed to the gills with beach balls, tents and chilly bins, usually right to the top. Which means in the event of a sudden stop all that paraphernalia would come flying forward to make a nice dent in the back of the passengers’ heads.

I also had yet another experience of calling the police to report a drunk driver (this time heading into Rotorua), following the driver for at least 10km while on the phone to the police, yet the police being totally unable to supply a car. Probably because they’re on the side of the road with radars attempting to find people doing 111kph. This is about the 11th time (no kidding) that this has happened. In fact, not once have the police managed to get a car to me, despite one time driving right past a police station (Ellerslie-Panmure Highway), and another time having followed the driver to their gate then discovering a police car parked on the side of the road 100m around the corner.

It’s ridiculous. Rant over – I have to deal with the 270 emails that came in during the last 6 days!

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