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This issue's winner is
Dave Elliott, who wrote
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improvements in the
SIGNS TOO BRIGHT?
I do quite a bit of night driving
in the country and I think the
new road information signs
reflectiveness is too bright. The
big blue signs are blinding when
driving on high beam, even the
white post reflectors are way too
bright. I wonder if any of your
readers have noticed this as well.
If so, maybe main roads should do
something about it.
Of necessity I frequently travel
the section of South Western
Highway from Manjimup to
Walpole at night. Kangaroos are
a major hazard, and one has to
be totally alert for them. Many
of the road signs, particularly the
speed signs, are so reflective that
they dazzle the driver and lead
to partially blind driving before
and after passing them. This
can be reduced by dipping your
headlights, but that defeats the
purpose of seeing hazards from
afar. The signs should be made
much less reflective though still
visible at night.
The brightness of the signs
really needs to be addressed.
I have spoken to other people
who traverse the Manjimup-
Walpole stretch at night, and they
agree with my observation.
Main Roads response: Over the
past five years Main Roads
has adopted the use of a higher
class of retro reflective material
for signs (Class 1 as opposed to
Class2). The reasons for this are
(1) Class 1 material is a better
quality material and has a longer
guaranteed life (10 years as
opposed to seven years for Class 2).
(2) Class 1 material has higher
brightness levels, enabling it to
be seen from much further away
Generally, the above two qualities
are considered beneficial from
a cost effective and road safety
point of view. Most of the other
State Road Authorities have pursued
a similar course of action.
Where this may not be beneficial
is where the signs are too bright
and could result in dazzling the
oncoming driver. To obviate this,
Main Roads has specified that all
large signs (i.e. ones on two or
more posts) should be installed at
a slight angle (five degrees away
from perpendicular) to reduce the
amount of light reflected directly
back at the driver. Moreover, all
large signs with a white background
should still be manufactured from
Class 2 material.
If there are any particular
signs that strike you as being
unreasonably bright you should
notify Main Roads and we can
investigate to see whether there is
anything that could potentially be
done to alleviate this.
Although some motorists may
experience problems, the majority
or road users don't. Problems may
be due to misaligned headlights (e.g.
shining too high) or extra weight/
load distribution on the vehicle
causing the rear of the vehicle
to be lower and the front of the
KEEPING LEFT NEEDS
I express my thanks to Scott of
Wembley Downs whose letter
entitled Keeping Left in the
February/March issue of Horizons
gave an excellent summary why
the current situation in WA with
respect to keeping left is quite
unsatisfactory. It regularly leads
to bad driver behaviour by those
refusing to move to the left lane
(even on roads with a 90 km/h or
higher limit, where it is mandatory)
and by those eventually passing
them on the inside lane,
sometimes after flashing their
lights, honking their horn or making
In Europe, these road rules that
permit hogging of the centre lane
and the passing of such vehicle on
the inside lane (as was explained
in the magazine's related article),
would be ridiculed -- and we
should do the same.Albert Koenig
In our list of The Ten Best outdoor
cinemas (Horizons, February/
March) we stated that Busselton
Drive-in is the only remaining
country drive-in in WA. We have
since been advised that at least
one other still exists in Dongara.
Our thanks to K. Grant for bringing
this matter to our attention.
We would also
like to apologise
for including an
for the Perth
which appeared in
the What's On pages
of our February/
March issue. This
event took place on 5
February, not 31 March
and 1 April as stated.
We apologise for any
inconvenience this may
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