Don’t be a blockhead!

RACQ has reminded Queenslanders about the rules around blocking intersections after a growing number of drivers were spotted doing so in CBD streets across Australia.

News.com.au reported a blogger took to Twitter to shame motorists who were caught in the middle of crossroads after traffic lights had turned red.

RACQ spokesperson Renee Smith said queuing through an intersection was not just discourteous and dangerous – it was also illegal.

“While some drivers simply misjudge the amount of room they have on the other side, others try sneak through out of impatience,” Ms Smith said.

“We often see intersections blocked in more built-up areas during peak hour when there’s heavier traffic, and drivers are eager to get into work or head home.

“Stopping in an intersection or over a crossing can be hazardous for pedestrians and emergency vehicles under lights and sirens.

“If the snarls of other road users aren’t enough to deter you from doing this, the $204 fine you will receive if you’re caught might be.”

Ms Smith said drivers should refresh their knowledge of some of the more basic road rules to avoid finding themselves in this situation.

“Remember, the amber light is not an invitation to speed up and try beat the red – you need to stop before the line,” she said.

“If you don’t think there’s enough space to make it through the intersection, you probably won’t.”