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Blind exit from lane onto fast main road

Reported via mobile in the Roads/highways category anonymously at 22:25, Sunday 16 January 2022

Sent to Oxfordshire County Council less than a minute later

Narrow escape today as a car travelling fast along main road from Charlbury to Hailey slammed on brakes and swerved into oncoming lane as I exited Singe Wood onto main road.

Exit onto main road is blind and mirror is misted up due to cold weather. Turning was clear when I exited but other car was travelling fast and did not have time to slow down sufficiently to avoid me.

No contact or damage but a VERY near miss. Had a car been coming the other way at 50mpg then the head on impact with the swerving car would have been close to 100mph.

Council ref: ENQ22914103

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  • Thank you for your enquiry. This issue has been passed onto the relevant team for investigation.

    State changed to: Investigating

    Posted by Oxfordshire County Council at 22:25, Sunday 16 January 2022

  • The correct signing is in place either side of this junction. The only extra thing I can do is look at putting the sign facing vehicles approaching Hailey on a yellow backing board. This will be actioned in the new financial year.

    For speeding concerns you need to contact Thames Valley Police or your local Speedwatch group (if there is one near you). TVP are the enforcement authority for speeding in Oxfordshire.

    Further information on speed limits is available on our website residents/ roads-and-transport/ traffic/ speed-limits-and-road-signs

    You mentioned a road mirror in your report. The County Council do not provide or support the use of road mirrors on the highway. The image they provide can be misleading in terms of vehicle speed and distance giving drivers a false sense of security, potentially leading to vehicles emerging injudiciously.

    They are also prone to vandalism, fogging in poor atmospheric conditions and glare from the sun or car headlights.

    If, however, permission is granted by a landowner adjacent to, but off the highway and therefore outside the jurisdiction of the County, a suitable post and mirror may be erected.

    The County could accept no responsibility for a mirror so erected. We do not give permission for a mirror to be erected on an area of highway maintainable at public expense. If there is a mirror on any part of the public highway this needs to be removed.

    State changed to: Investigation complete

    Posted by Oxfordshire County Council at 11:06, Thursday 27 January 2022

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