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9:10am on Thursday, 2nd February, 2006:



There were some roadworks in Colchester yesterday that I went through on the way to the University. Normally on single-carriageway roads, there are traffic lights to regulate the flow of vehicles, but these roadworks were too short for the perpetrators to bother with that. Instead, they put up one of those two-arrow signs that means "give way to oncoming vehicles".

When I arrived at the roadworks, our line of traffic was going through. I wasn't in a hurry, though, so I obeyed the sign and stopped. There was a lorry on the other side of the road which had stopped for our side, but in theory the driver had right of way so I yielded. The lorry driver stayed put. It was only when I flashed my lights at him that he came through.

I found out why after the lorry had passed and I went through myself. There was a sign in the opposite direction also saying that oncoming traffic had right of way. In other words, both lines of traffic were under the impression that the other one had right of way.

We could have been there all day.

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