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WATCH: 'Old man' goes wrong way around roundabout

A MOTORIST was caught on dashcam driving the wrong way around a Mackay roundabout yesterday, almost coming head to head with another driver.

Jessie-ann Dangerfield was attempting to enter the Bruce Hwy roundabout at Bakers Creek when she had to suddenly brake to ensure she missed the white vehicle travelling in the wrong direction.

She said she wasn't able to swerve into the next lane as there were cars already taking up the road.

"He was quite old so I don't think he would have his licence for much longer," she said.

"Hopefully he enjoys his freedom safely after today's scare.

"I just hope he got some safe."

The incident is just one of many close calls that have occurred on Mackay roads in recent years, with dozens of other residents stating they had witnessed similar accounts on local roads.

CLOSE CALL: An elderly man was seen driving the wrong way around a Mackay roundabout yesterday.
CLOSE CALL: An elderly man was seen driving the wrong way around a Mackay roundabout yesterday. Jessie-Ann Dangerfield

So what are the rules?

1. When approaching a roundabout you must give way to all vehicles already on the roundabout.

2. In some cases on a multi-lane roundabout, it may be necessary to change lanes before exiting. If you are changing lanes you must give way to vehicles in the lane you are moving to.

3. You can position your car to be in the correct lane at a roundabout by looking for signs, lane markings and arrows when approaching the roundabout.

Unless traffic lane arrows indicate otherwise, if you want to:

  • Turn left, use the left lane.
  • Turn right, use the right lane.
  • Go straight ahead, use either lane.

Turning left

  • Position your vehicle in the left lane, unless arrows on the road or signs indicate otherwise.
  • Use your left indicator as you approach and enter the roundabout.
  • Give way to all vehicles already on the roundabout.
  • Remain in the left lane as you complete your turn.
  • Continue to use your left indicator as you exit the roundabout.
  • Stop indicating once you have exited the roundabout.

Turning right or U-turns

  • Position your vehicle in the right lane, unless arrows on the road or signs indicate otherwise.
  • Use your right indicator as you approach and enter the roundabout.
  • Give way to all vehicles already on the roundabout.
  • Before exiting, use your left indicator and follow the exit lane marking.
  • Stop indicating once you have exited the roundabout.
  • Never turn right from the left lane unless arrows on the road indicate that you can.

Going straight ahead

  • Position your vehicle in either lane unless the arrows on the road or signs indicate otherwise.
  • There is no need to use your indicator until you are ready to exit the roundabout.
  • Give way to all vehicles already on the roundabout.
  • Before exiting, use your left indicator and follow the exit lane marking.
  • Stop indicating once you have exited the roundabout.

Another way of looking at roundabouts

Turns that occur at roundabouts can be described by imagining the roundabout to be a clock face.

  • Any turn that exits the roundabout before 12 o'clock can be considered a left turn.
  • Any turn that exits the roundabout after 12 o'clock can be considered a right turn.
  • Straight ahead at a roundabout is taken to be at half-way around or at 12 o'clock.
  • The Queensland Road Rules uses the terms 'less than half-way round' and 'more than half-way around'.

YOUR REACTION:

Karl Champion: We had the same thing happen about a month ago on the same round about only heading toward Sarina. Luckily we were on the outside lane and avoided a head on.

Lara Oosen: How does that happen when it's clearly a four lane highway with clear road markings and signs everywhere? But than again we see stupid stuff happening along that highway every trip we take into town! So glad you came out of that unhurt.

Lisa Michelle: Have seen that happen at the Coles roundabout at Northern Beaches. Bloke came to a stop at the roundabout, looked both ways, then just turned right to go up towards the police station without going the whole way around.

Joanne Pidgeon: I think I saw this man today at Mt Pleasant shops, he drove into the right hand side to go past the yellow striped area out the front of Kmart auto service area. Directly in the path of on coming traffic.

Mick Roseler: How the heck hid he manage to do that? Must of came on to the roundabout from left. Very lucky for all concerned.

Amiee Miles: Oh no, that poor old guy. He must have been so confused and probably scared. I hope that he is okay.

Topics:  bakers creek driving mackay drivers mackay motorists mackay traffic road rules


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