The issue of slow drivers in Mosgiel, highlighted in the
Otago Daily Times this week, prompted some residents
to blame elderly drivers.
Sergeant Kevin Davidson, of Mosgiel, said the ODT
story ''struck a sweet spot'' with the public, who praised
police for ticketing a slow motorist.
But the people commenting on Mosgiel motorists needed
''balance'', he said, because driving 30kmh among heavier
traffic and pedestrians in Gordon Rd was more acceptable than
areas such as Factory Rd.
On the ODT Facebook page, Kim Robson said older
motorists drove her ''nuts''.
''Most of us don't have all day to follow people going under
the speed limit.''
Jackie Hyslop said ''oldies' slow lanes'' could be more
beneficial than cycle lanes.
Emma Moore wanted faster manoeuvres at Mosgiel intersections.
''The worst thing I've noticed in Mosgiel is how long it
takes some people to get around a ... corner. Gaaaah.''
Nicole Whyte said she regularly had near misses in Mosgiel.
''I almost get hit a minimum of two times by elderly who just
pull out without even looking.''
Carla Thomas said she was annoyed how Mosgiel motorists
treated every day of the week as a Sunday.
Kim McKeay said she wrongly gave elderly people the benefit
of the doubt when she followed a motorist travelling at
''I'm always curious to see whether it's an elderly person
driving, and when I can see, it usually is.''
Emilee Bartlett said she avoided driving in central Mosgiel
during the day, ''as every time I drive through I can
guarantee that an old person will pull out in front of me or
drive 10kmh down the road''.
Paul Crabbe was one of the few to defend older motorists
''The problem stems not from age but from lack of education
Motorists needed to be regularly tested to be deemed fit to
drive and not wait until they were senior citizens to be
retested, he said.