What minister says and does   Leave a comment

Our SA minister for transport have proudly announced on local radio that he have achieved significant improvement in traffic management. The traffic lights are already set in such a way that drivers will hardly ever stop on read lights. It will be free traffic flow from now.

Having experience with government that things are usually opposite to what they declare I immediately started to pay more attention on our local main road, the North East Rd at Modbury. My personal impression was that minister lie. My impression was that it is exactly opposite to what he said. That eventually traffic lights get worse rather than better. Not lightly I form such important opinion.

Today 1/10/09 I’ve sacrificed some time to see if I am wrong and unreasonably biased against minister or government. Please make your own judgment on the figures below from a test.

The test on the stretch of 700m with 4 sets of traffic lights, 2 of which are to/from TTP shopping centre. The test was only for cars driving on NE rd from St Agnes direction towards city. The test was also done for cars which stopped at traffic lights set number zero, (T with Golden Grove rd) and noted on how many if any traffic lights they would be stopped by lights. Due to terrain it was impossible to view all 4 sets so only 3 were observed. Test conducted for 10 cycles starting at 10:49.

1. cars stopped at 1st lights
2. cars stopped at 1st lights
3. cars stopped at 2nd lights
4. cars did not stopped on 1st nor second
5. cars stopped at 2nd lights
6. cars stopped at 1st and 2nd lights
7. cars stopped at 1st lights
8. cars stopped at 1st and 2nd lights
9. cars stopped at 1st and 2nd lights
10. cars stopped at 1st lights

Driving there as a local, I must state as it is. Almost always the 3 set of lights stops cars. It is NE + Reservoir Rd. I estimate it stops 95% of trips I make. So the statistic above is incomplete and shows only the 500m or less and does not show almost certain stop at 3rd set of lights. It is also true that extremely rarely no lights stop me on entire route of 700m.

Another phenomenon is very clear at those lights that they often and in particular at night or at weekends the green phase is so short that no single car is allowed to cross the intersection from stop on green lights entirely. The green is so short that you cross when red is on. Just one car, not 21.

The mismanagement and free traffic flow and truthfulness of the minister are obvious, but there are some more aspects of this issue to be mentioned.

The frequent start and stop forces drivers to use more petrol, more oil and wear car. All increases tax and government revenue. Unfortunately it frustrate drivers which get more sick and make more problems. It is inevitable.

Some try to be smarter and sometimes it works. If they accelerate very hard and speed on those lights with no camera, they achieve free flow but at expense as just explained. So the government promote speeding and hard acceleration. All dangerous, expensive and anti environmental.

Another test was just conducted from point of view of an average driver.  I did the note of how many times I had to stop driving from St Agnes towards the city at this stretch of 700m.  Stop 0 (zero) is the T of NE with GG Rd. Test conducted as happen over the period of 2 weeks.

stopped at lights Nos:

  1. 1,2
  2. 3
  3. 0,1
  4. 0,1
  5. 0,2
  6. 0,3
  7. 0,1
  8. 3
  9. 0,1
  10. 2

Not once I could go through this time without stopping at all at those 4 sets of lights.

The senior specialists at Transport Dept in Adelaide commented that this is not purpously but by accident the lights operate that way. I replied that it is against simple statistic, so it’s wrong excuse.  If the incident of stopping was 50% or less it could be a valid excuse, if it is almost every time they stop you, it is a deliberate act.

It makes it worse in light of minister’s lie in media that they made an effort that hardly ever lights will stop you because they are synchronized.  In a bigger picture, the ministers and government do nothing for the society’s benefit and almost always against and what they say is an opposite to what they do.

Now let me bring one more real dilemma to be solved.

Assuming that carbon tax will be implemented. Who will pay it just for the portion of unnecessary and forcibly increased fuel usage? The victimised drivers or the government?
Government cause that, therefore drivers must pay.

Everything is ok, nobody will complain, that’s why government does what one please.

Who said that Modbury is the only area in Australia that such anti-social practice is in place?

Road safety campaigner


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