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Edge marker warning for BOP drivers

Edge marker posts stand above the road surface, so they can be seen from far away even when the road surface and markings are not visible. Photo: Daniel Hines/SunLive.

Bay of Plenty motorists to play their part in keeping the region’s state highways safe by avoiding driving over edge marker posts installed along roadsides.

Waka Kotahi Transport Agency’s Bay of Plenty System Manager Rob Campbell says edge marker posts provide useful guidance for drivers about the layout of the road ahead, especially dips and curves along the road.

“Edge marker posts are fitted with reflective devices, which make them very helpful for night-time driving.

"Curves and dips along the road can make it hard to see the road ahead. Edge marker posts stand above the road surface, so they can be seen from far away even when the road surface and markings are not visible.

"They also don’t get obscured by dirt and debris in the way that road marking or raised reflective pavement markers can.”

Rob says edge marker posts are known to reduce crashes by up to 18 per cent, particularly at night.

“Vehicle crashes at night in high speed rural areas can result in injuries or loss of life.

“Edge marker posts alongside state highways in the Bay of Plenty are frequently run over and damaged by vehicles.

"They’re also made of hard plastic and can damage the underneath of a vehicle if driven over.

“Waka Kotahi and its maintenance contractors work hard to maintain and replace damaged edge marker posts on the state highway network, to help keep road users safe. We ask road users to play their part by avoiding driving over edge marker posts.”

Plan ahead for a safe, enjoyable journey. Keep up to date with:

Traffic updates: journeys.nzta.govt.nz/traffic

Facebook: facebook.com/NZTAWaikatoBoP

Twitter: twitter.com/WakaKotahiWaiBP

Journey planner: journeys.nzta.govt.nz

Phone: 0800 4 HIGHWAYS (0800 44 44 49)

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Good Points

Posted on 31-10-2020 22:57 | By

By both hapukafin and Johnney. Agree totally with both of you.

Mowing

Posted on 31-10-2020 06:35 | By SonnyJim

I’ve watched road maintenance mowers for years flatten edge markers by driving straight over them. The markers popped up again, albeit somewhat wonky.

Interesting

Posted on 30-10-2020 19:07 | By Johnney

Probably a good idea but I have noticed many parts of our roads have cheese grater safety barriers on the sides of the road but not in the middle. Most damage is done from head on’s. Doesn’t make sense????

back to the future

Posted on 30-10-2020 16:31 | By hapukafin

The old 4x2s were never a problem you made sure you stayed on the road and not hit them.Bring them back.If you damage your car you shouldnt be driving.

back to the future

Posted on 30-10-2020 16:27 | By hapukafin

the old 4x2 markers were never a problem ,you made sure you missed them and you stayed on the road.Bring them back and go back to 4x2s