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November 18, 2004

'Priority working' traffic calming

Twice a day on weekdays I drive through Coat-of-Arms Bridge Road in Stivichall. The section which joins it to the Kenilworth Road has two 'Priority working' sections – room for one lane of traffic only and a large sign depicting who has right of way. Usually this works well and people seem to understand it and use the system courteously. There seem to be a small proportion of people who don't understand the system, but they are few and far between. However, there are another small group of people who understand it but deliberately flought it. This happens to me on average twice a week, as it did this morning. I am driving at the designated speed and start to move toward the middle of the road to move into the single-lane section. The driver coming towards me decides to speed up and rush through, forcing me to stop. I have no desire to provoke a road-rage incident (which part of 'Give Way' don't you understand) but I do wonder what would happen if I didn't back down and stop but continued. We would meet in the middle of the single lane and have to break suddenly. If there were an incident like that and two vehicles collided (I am sure it has happened on those systems) I wonder if they would automatically be a fault legally since it was my right of way.

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