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Drivers across Bundaberg confused by road lines

BEDS R US: Darren Scheuer feels that the new lines painted outside his Johanna Boulevard premises are a little too confusing for drivers trying to access the parking. Photo: Mike Knott / NewsMail
BEDS R US: Darren Scheuer feels that the new lines painted outside his Johanna Boulevard premises are a little too confusing for drivers trying to access the parking. Photo: Mike Knott / NewsMail Mike Knott

DRIVERS across Bundaberg are seemingly perplexed about crossing lines and doing u-turns.

Beds-R-Us owner Darren Scheuer raised concerns after new white lines were painted at the entrance to his shop, across from the new Bunnings Warehouse on Johanna Blvd.

Mr Scheuer said the painted island had drivers worried whether they could cross it, causing a lot of confusion.

"The lines were painted on the road on Friday last week and instantly we had customers coming in saying they had to drive past and do a u-turn to enter the store car park.

"Over the weekend we had seven to eight people mention it when shopping.

"One lady said she drove right down to the roundabout to come back and enter."

The new markings are known as a painted traffic island and, according to Bundaberg traffic branch Senior Constable Carl Grotaers, the markings outside the store are legal and can be crossed.

"If the line is a solid single line you can cross the island to enter or leave a road," Snr Const Grotaers said.

"I went out to the site and this is a temporary situation until the new development next door is built and the store will get a new driveway.

"Motorists can come and go from the driveway in any direction as it is. The only time drivers can not cross onto an island is when there are double white lines."

Snr Const Grotaers said the most misunderstood road rules included those governing u-turns with Bundaberg drivers not understanding the law about doing u-turns at traffic lights.

"The rule with u-turns at lights is you cannot make a u-turn unless it is signed u-turn permitted.

"Two common places we see this happen is outside Hinkler Central at the lights on the corner of Maryborough and George Sts and Electra and Maryborough Sts.

"These two places cause a lot of confusion and (are) accident prone.

"Drivers do not realise that another person's light may have a green arrow and this is why crashes happen.

"It's a high-crash point."

Mr Scheuer says the delay for the new driveway may reduce the number of customers to his shop but hopes they will get confident enough to cross the lines to enter the store.

"It's like they looked after the bigger guys in the area and now we just have to play the waiting game and hope a new store is built next door sooner rather than later."

 

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