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Poor driving behaviour by some Hobart motorists

Tasmania Police has said poor driving behaviour by some Hobart motorists is contributing to traffic congestion in the CBD and asked drivers to help ease the congestion by obeying road rules and showing courtesy to fellow motorists.

Tasmania Police has said poor driving behaviour by some Hobart motorists is contributing to traffic congestion in the CBD and asked drivers to help ease the congestion by obeying road rules and showing courtesy to fellow motorists.

​"While roadworks may increase traffic congestion during peak times, the poor driving behaviour of some motorists has also been recognised as a contributing factor," Senior Sergeant Ian Mathewson said. "When traffic is heavy it can be tempting for drivers to do the wrong thing to try and make up time. "But this only causes more congestion, more frustration and more delays." 

Hobart traffic police have asked drivers to:

  • Merge correctly and don't speed up to get in front of other merging cars.
  • Indicate in plenty of time and also let other cars in when they indicate.
  • Don't go through red or amber lights.
  • Don't park in clearways.
  • Pay attention and be ready to drive as soon as the lights turn green.
  • If your preferred lane is full, choose a different lane and change later.
  • Wait until the intersection is clear before driving through.
  • If you're involved in a minor crash, move your car out of the way as soon as possible, exchange details with the other driver and report it online on the Tasmania Police website here​.

Police also reminded pedestrians to obey traffic signals.   

Senior Sergeant Mathewson said Hobart traffic police would continue to focus on offences that contribute to traffic congestion. "Drivers can expect to get an infringement notice if they are seen doing things like parking in clearways, parking so as to obstruct, parking over keep clear markings, blocking an intersection, failing to comply with red or amber traffic signals or failing to give way," he said. "Don't be tempted to use your mobile phone [while driving] – it's inattention to driving and results in an infringement notice.

"Drivers who do the wrong thing can expect to receive an infringement notice, or caution notice, or have their vehicle towed from a clearway."