Motorists on the second lane at junctions
Posted on January 4th, 2012

By Dr. Mrs. Mareena Thaha Reffai

The motorists at the Dehiwela traffic lights at the Hospital road junction have an irritating habit of driving up to the junction on Galle road on the lane next to the fast lane and stopping, waiting to turn off into the hospital road. The others hoping to go forward come behind them and get stuck unable to go forward. The traffic cops totally ignore this in spite of furious tooting from the motorists.

The Wellawathe traffic cops have come up with a simple solution for these miscreants. They place the traffic cones next to the fast lane close to the junction so that anyone who wants to turn off into the W.A. de Silva mawathe from Galle road has to go on the fast lane only.

At all junctions why not adopt this method?


2 Responses to “Motorists on the second lane at junctions”

  1. Raj Says:

    Wrong place for this sort of suggestions. Isn’t it Mareena?

  2. Susantha Wijesinghe Says:

    The road at the junction should be marked by a dividing line for at least 50 feet, into two lanes. Say going towards Fort, the turning lane to right, should be the fast lane only, with markings on the road, TURN RIGHT ONLY, also with a YIELD sign, Or Traffic Light Yield signal.

    Same thing going towards Mt. Lavania, The right turn must be from the fast lane, of course Yielding onto oncoming traffic, possibly with traffic lights signal. The Turning Lane should be marked TURNING RIGHT, subject to directionby Traffic light or Traffic Cop.

    When Drivers do not understand why lines are drawn on the with directions to turn right or proceed, they breach the rules.

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