Our View (13-6-2018): Crash Corner

CRASH Corner again lived up to its name on the long weekend, when a two-car collision left four people in hospital.

The junction where Copper Coast Highway meets the Augusta Highway — where vehicles travelling from Yorke Peninsula must stop and give way before turning right toward Port Wakefield — is infamous for accidents.

In theory, navigating the corner is not difficult. As with every other T junction, vehicles at the stop sign must look both ways and proceed when the coast is clear. But I have seen several drivers take chances, pulling out in front of traffic coming from Port Wakefield, perhaps not realising those vehicles are travelling at 100km/h or more.

Others look right but forget to look left, likely thinking they do not have to worry about vehicles from that direction, but forgetting about motorists turning right toward YP.

Scarily, I have heard of drivers taking a sharp right turn head on into traffic.

Regardless of the different reasons people incorrectly navigate the turn, the intersection is clearly a problem.

The state government promised to spend big on a bridge so drivers would not have to stop and give way, instead passing over the national highway and merging closer to Wakefield.

There is also a worthwhile push for dual lanes through Wakefield in both directions, to avoid traffic jams. Vehicles again bottlenecked trying to get through Wakefield on Monday, although the situation was almost certainly exacerbated by the crash.

A bypass is the preferred option of many but is simply too expensive. I’d rather dual lanes be installed within the next few years than wait decades for a bypass.

To create dual lanes and build an overpass will require support from the federal government, so could be complicated.

Both would be ideal but if the overpass can improve safety year-round, as opposed to the dual lanes which are required primarily for peak traffic times, it must be the priority. History tells us more crashes are bound to happen at that corner, and those involved in the future might not be so lucky.

To view full articles in the CURRENT issue click HERE and follow the prompts to subscribe to YPCT-E.
For all previous issues please contact our office on 8821 1155.

Leave a comment

Make sure you enter all the required information, indicated by an asterisk (*). HTML code is not allowed.

Kadina Travel
Royal Exchange Hotel
Bridgestone Tyre Centre
Kadina Jewellers
Larwoods
Copper Coast Auto Electrical
Crowell Concrete
Kadina Heating
SYP Motors
Yorke Valley Hotel
Moonta Newsagency
Remsco
Metal As Anything
Optom All Vision Care
Copper Coast Garage Doors
Star Of The Sea
Desmond's Meat Service
JD Southwood
Copper Coast Hotel
Minlaton Engineering
Wallaroo Pizza and Pasta
Coast Road Motors
Kadina Hotel
Sportspower
Saltwater Cafe
Ziersch Cabinetmakers
Peninsula Plumbing
Spiderman YP
YP Community Transport
Maitland Foodland
Maitland Marine Services
Loctite Self Storage
YP Marine
Protea Auto
Sails