Left turn valid

I DO not agree with Heleema Rawlings’ opinion (Gazette, March 11) that left-hand turns against a red light should not be implemented or that WA drivers lack the driving skills to conduct such a turn safely.

The turn left with care entitlement will make a substantial contribution to reducing traffic congestion as would, I might comment, if drivers reacted more promptly to a green light to both go ahead and turn right.

Such intersections as Epsom Avenue on Great Eastern Highway operate on a short time interval and dawdling drivers often leave motorists behind them stranded and frustrated.

There is a strong case in this instance to follow overseas practices where the amber light operates also before green or that the time in seconds counts down to a light change in either direction.

Another initiative that would save lives but reduce government revenue is to install permanent speed indicators as have been used by road construction operators recently on Great Eastern Highway and the Tonkin/Leach highways intersection that tell you your speed with a slow down or congrats message, but no fine or demerit points

The road death statistics she quotes were not related to intersection crashes. They generally have resulted from single-vehicle crashes or head-on crashes resulting, by my observation, from drivers succumbing to what I call roadway hypnosis but which the authorities choose to label as resulting from lengthy periods of driving.

Consequently, they encourage drivers to stop for a coffee and unfortunately often something to eat, which actually contributes to the sleepiness syndrome.

There is ample recent evidence of drivers allowing their vehicle to cross the road or swerve off into the trees planted in profusion by Main Roads along verges on straight sections of road.

After quite short periods of driving I have experienced the hypnosis syndrome travelling south on the Kwinana Freeway after about 30 minutes of driving

Instead of the many TV advertisements screened showing the results of crashes, one that told drivers that whenever they get that sleepy feeling to pull over immediately, stop and go to sleep for a period would reprogram their brain and allow them to continue safely.

WILSON TUCKEY, Ascot