Gold Coast trial of turning left when lights are red

One of the Gold Coast intersections which could benefit from the new rule. Photo Albert Elzinga / Daily News
One of the Gold Coast intersections which could benefit from the new rule. Photo Albert Elzinga / Daily News Albert Elzinga

THE popularity of the Gold and Tweed coasts and their reputations as great places to live have resulted in significant increases in population and, of course, traffic.

To help clear the increasingly blocked flow of traffic, the Queensland state government and Gold Coast City Council will soon trial a practice that is already in use in many other parts of the country.

Turning left at a red light after stopping and when it's safe to do so, will soon become legal at a limited number of Gold Coast intersections.

The Gold Coast City Council is in the process of deciding where it will erect traffic signs indicating that making this, until now illegal, turn will be allowed.

A Gold Coast City Council spokeswoman said because the council was still debating potential locations she could not name any of the sites under consideration.

Gold Coast mayor Tom Tate said the signage would be funded by the Gold Coast City Council and would be done in a way that ensured safety was maintained.

"It shows just what can be achieved when government works together with local councils," Mr Tate said.

"When the trial begins, if a driver approaches a red light from the left lane at one of the trail intersections, they must fully stop first and then scan the entire intersection ensuring the path is clear of any other vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists.

"Only then are drivers able to continue their journey and safely turn left," Mr Tate said.

Signage at the chosen locations will feature the words 'left turn on red permitted after stopping' in black letters on a white background and will be placed once the council, transport and main roads and police have finalised the choice of locations.

Topics:  red light traffic

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