Wanaka intersection crash rate causes concern

The Albert Town - Lake Hawea turnoff. Image: Google Maps

After another crash at the Albert Town - Lake Hawea turnoff, Wanaka Police have asked drivers to be mindful when turning at the intersection.

After the crash was reported in Crimeline there was a lot of discussion with regard to the correct lane to turn into to merge when turning right towards Wanaka.

NZ Transport Agency senior safety engineer Roy Johnston said,

“From what we can tell from Police reports, the crash was a result of someone failing to give way at the intersection when turning from the right turn bay on State Highway 6 towards Albert Town. It was not due to people failing to turn into the correct lane.”

“Police were promoting that drivers need to be careful when turning at this intersection: to give way and to turn into the correct lane,” Roy said.

The Transport Agency is concerned at the number of crashes happening at this intersection and confirmed there have been two minor injury crashes and four reported non-injury crashes in the past 12 months.

“Given the crash history, a roundabout would be a suitable safety solution, however it would need to be prioritised against other national safety priorities,” he said.

Article from Wanaka Sun (page 2) 30 March - 5 April 2017

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