This page contains a safety reminder about yellow cross-hatch markings on roads.
20/12/2019 11:09 a.m.
A yellow cross-hatched area on a road means DO NOT STOP ON THIS PIECE OF ROAD.
In other words, if a traffic light is changing from green to yellow stop BEFORE getting to the cross-hatched area OR AFTER IT, but not on it.
“Drivers heading south along Whangarei’s Kamo Road have been stopping on yellow cross-hatched section of road that crosses a railway track, to allow pedestrians to cross a pedestrian crossing over Kamo Road,” said Council’s Road Safety and Traffic Engineering Team Leader Nick Marshall.
“Stopping in the yellow-hatched area before the pedestrian crossing puts drivers at risk of being hit by a train. If they aren’t hit, another car queuing behind them could be.
“It is really important for the first car in the queue to stop at the right place. That keeps everyone safe – them and their own passengers, people behind them, people on the train and the people on the pedestrian crossing.
“Drivers who see a red or yellow traffic signal and carry on through the rail crossing right up to the edge of the pedestrian crossing are taking a massive risk.”
Mr Marshall said Council engineers were looking at ways to make it even more obvious where to stop, “but regardless of what we do, drivers stopping before the yellow cross-hatching is really the best answer.”