In pictures… Road Morons

One can only hope that (a) the idiots didn’t hit anybody as they sped through the Mall, and that (b) those that do this kind of thing get pulled over for it.

Road morons (1/3)

Road morons (2/3)

Road morons (3/3)

(1:21pm on Monday)

As you can see from Google Streetview, there is signage/road markings indicating that when coming westbound on Bourke Street, motorists shouldn’t enter the tram stop — they should do a U-turn and go back.

No Entry - Trams excepted

(Ironically both the Google Streetview car and another vehicle can be seen driving through the tram stop — though the other vehicle is a loaded ute which parks in the Bourke Street Mall, so it may have had permission to be there, where some exceptions apply, though this does not appear to be the case for the Bourke/Swanston tram stop.)

I suspect the answer here is the City of Melbourne needs to close Bourke Street to vehicles all the way up to Russell Street; or at least ban motor vehicles from entering and heading westbound (but allow them to leave eastbound eg if they’ve come via Royal Lane or Russell Place.

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10 thoughts on “In pictures… Road Morons

  1. Apart from the impact it would have on pedestrian traffic, perhaps installing some of the sump busters that are used on the Adelaide O-Bahn would do the trick … except that there are legitimate users of the Mall that might get a little upset, more’s the pity

  2. Hi Daniel,

    I thought you would be someone great to ask, do you have to give way to pedestrians crossing the road on a slip lane, WHICH DOESN’T have the painted crossing on the road? Because there has been some debate between myself and mates on this question.

  3. @Damo, yes, the rules say you must give way to pedestrians crossing slip lanes.

    See http://www.vicroads.vic.gov.au/NR/rdonlyres/F80ECB10-065C-455D-93C6-46893DF4FD55/0/DrivingInVictoriaRulesandResponsibilitiesMay11.pdf – page 34

    “Definition: A slip lane is an area of road for vehicles turning left that is separated, at some point, from other parts of the road by a painted island or traffic island.”

    – it makes no mention of markings for the crossing (and the example shown doesn’t have them).

  4. Thanks Daniel!!

    I was so sure of it!!

    I feel pleased that I was right the other day when I was crossing the slip lane and was nearly hit then tooted, so I yelled back at them “its a slip lane, you have to give way to pedestrians!”

  5. @Damo, good for you, however of course don’t put yourself in harm’s way when standing up for your rights. There are a lot of morons out there in cars.

  6. Yes, think of Arthur, and the bulldozer when standing up for your rights…

    “Some factual information for you. Have you any idea how much damage that bulldozer would suffer if I just let it roll straight over you?”
    “How much?” said Arthur.
    “None at all,” said Mr. Prosser.

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