Dozens of cars were forced to divert around a sunrise enthusiast when he dangerously stood in the middle of moving traffic in Perth’s eastern suburbs to take a photo.
Pictures shared to social media showed a man in hi-viz gear standing in the left lane of the Garratt Road Bridge in Ascot, camera-raised to grab a snap of the sun rising over the Swan River at dawn last Wednesday.
The man was a passenger in a yellow Suzuki Swift, which had come to a stop in traffic about 6.30am.
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A witness said the car was stationary on the heritage-listed, 88-year-old bridge for about one minute, forcing vehicles during that time to drive around them.
He told 7NEWS.com.au the bridge is a great place to capture “magnificent” sunrises, particularly when there are canoes on the water, but Garratt Rd can often take pedestrians minutes to cross because of how much traffic flows through it.
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The speed limit on the bridge is 60 km/h.
“Unbelievable. I make plenty of stuff ups but wow,” one person said in reaction to the pictures on social media.
A second person argued the man should have parked on the verge and used the bridge’s footpath.
Another shared how their friend was injured when a campervan with tourists decided to stop in the middle of the road to take photos.
“He came over the brow of the hill on his motorbike and had to swerve to avoid them. He was hurt and his bike was a write-off,” the person said.
A man has been spotted standing in traffic while taking photos of WA’s sunrise. Credit: Supplied
No report was made to WA Police, but authorities have issued a warning in a bid to deter this type of behaviour.
“Exiting your vehicle on a road is very risky, especially if there is fast-moving traffic around you and should be avoided,” a Road Safety Commission spokesperson said.
“This is quite timely as we enter wildflower season. People looking to snap a photo this spring are reminded to pull well off the road in a safe spot and avoid parking on crests or corners.”
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