Thursday, 23 November 2017

Your View: Poor road signage

LAST year, my wife and I were involved with two motor vehicle accidents. Both were mainly due to poor signage on our roads.

After the first, our car was a write-off and the second, other than a few dents, was a very close shave.

Since then, I have been taking a lot more interest in signage and the conditions of our country and city roads.

Many stop or give way signs are not there, some are hidden by shrubs and trees, as are the intersections.

Roadsides are masses of loose gravel and often have many sharp ridges and blowouts.

Some trees are overgrowing edges of the road and those that fell in the recent storms lay for several weeks as hazards on our bitumen and dirt roads.

Roadside grass is extreme in many areas while most landowners have ensured their land by the roads is kept down.

The main dual roads into Adelaide are also breaking up badly due to heavy truck usage and poor road structure.

Am I the only one who can see how bad things are getting?

The two accidents cost us dearly even though we were insured.

My thoughts are the government is throwing lack of maintenance back on road users to build palaces in the sky in the city.

It has forgotten that people and safety comes first.

A little bit of thought and travel on country roads, getting away from the city, will allow government officials and members to realise something has to be done quickly.

Bob Landt, Maitland

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