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139 drivers nabbed in long weekend take 1

By 2 October 2013 23

ACT Policing issued 97 Traffic Infringement Notices (TINs) and 42 cautions over the ACT Family and Community day long weekend (28 to 30 September) despite drivers being put on notice about increased highway patrols.

Traffic Operations identified 75 speeding offences during this period; including one driver caught driving 60km/h over the speed limit.

On Saturday, a 19-year-old Belconnen man was caught driving on Caswell Drive, Aranda, at 120km/h in a 60km/h zone. The male was issued with a Traffic Infringement Notice (TIN) for $1,811 and the loss of six demerit points.

Acting Superintendent Traffic Operations Sergeant Rod Anderson said the ACT Family and Community Day long weekend results showed some drivers still aren’t getting the message about road safety.

“The results show that some drivers are still taking risks on Canberra roads and it’s just lucky there were no major traffic incidents over the weekend.”

“With the Labour Day long weekend coming up, we’re appealing to drivers to consider the consequences of unsafe driving, such as driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, speeding and not wearing a seatbelt,” Acting Superintendent Anderson said.

Double demerits will apply for speeding and seatbelt offences, with an extra point for all other traffic offences over the Labour Day long weekend from midnight on (Friday, October 4) to midnight (Monday, October 7) inclusive.

The ACT road toll for 2013 currently sits at six.

[Courtesy ACT Policing]

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23 Responses to 139 drivers nabbed in long weekend take 1
#1
staminaman625:07 am, 03 Oct 13

120 km/h in a 60 km/h zone. shouldn’t that result in an immediate suspension of license?

#2
Thumper9:11 am, 03 Oct 13

staminaman62 said :

120 km/h in a 60 km/h zone. shouldn’t that result in an immediate suspension of license?

Should lead to an automatic punch in the face for being such a d***head….

#3
Mysteryman9:18 am, 03 Oct 13

staminaman62 said :

120 km/h in a 60 km/h zone. shouldn’t that result in an immediate suspension of license?

No. Familiarise yourself with the road rules and penalties.

#4
angrymonkey9:20 am, 03 Oct 13

staminaman62 said :

120 km/h in a 60 km/h zone. shouldn’t that result in an immediate suspension of license?

No, it should result in a fine of $1,811 and the loss of six demerit points.

#5
magiccar910:12 am, 03 Oct 13

Mysteryman said :

staminaman62 said :

120 km/h in a 60 km/h zone. shouldn’t that result in an immediate suspension of license?

No. Familiarise yourself with the road rules and penalties.

I’m sorry but it seems the police can pick and choose the penalties now days. I mean what is with the ‘extra demerit point’ for other offences? We used to either have double-demerits or standard penalties, but now they seem to be adding a little bit here and there to suit themselves. What gives?

#6
MrBigEars10:42 am, 03 Oct 13

angrymonkey said :

staminaman62 said :

120 km/h in a 60 km/h zone. shouldn’t that result in an immediate suspension of license?

No, it should result in a fine of $1,811 and the loss of six demerit points.

I thought 6 points in a single offence was an automatic suspension, but apparently not in the ACT. Learning.

#7
Deref11:09 am, 03 Oct 13

angrymonkey said :

staminaman62 said :

120 km/h in a 60 km/h zone. shouldn’t that result in an immediate suspension of license?

No, it should result in a fine of $1,811 and the loss of six demerit points.

No – it does result in a fine of $1,811 and the loss of six demerit points. It should result in an immediate suspension of license.

#8
Mysteryman1:03 pm, 03 Oct 13

Deref said :

angrymonkey said :

staminaman62 said :

120 km/h in a 60 km/h zone. shouldn’t that result in an immediate suspension of license?

No, it should result in a fine of $1,811 and the loss of six demerit points.

No – it does result in a fine of $1,811 and the loss of six demerit points. It should result in an immediate suspension of license.

No, it shouldn’t. The first time results in a very large fine and significant accumulation of demerit points – not to mention the flow on effects for insurance premiums, etc. The second time results in no more licence. That’s reasonable.

#9
tim_c1:14 pm, 03 Oct 13

I’m not justifying the actions of the said 19 y.o. or even saying it’s right to just disobey any speed limits you don’t agree with, but I have often wondered why there is a 60km/h section on each side of Caswell Drive – they are both merge ramps between two major roads, one with a speed limit of 80km/h and the other 90km/h – why should the merge ramps on each side be restricted to only 60km/h? It’s not as if they are residential streets – all it does it make it even more difficult for a significant proportion of Canberra drivers who already seem to have difficulty in matching the speed of the traffic they are attempting to merge into.

#10
bigred8:07 pm, 03 Oct 13

Wonder what would happen if they actually put some effort in and had a NSW or Vic zero tolerance period. Enforcement by media release alone just does not work.

#11
BimboGeek9:29 pm, 03 Oct 13

Wow. Back in Mexico he would have lost his license for doing 90. At 120 the plod would probably just shoot him.

#12
milkman8:34 am, 04 Oct 13

BimboGeek said :

Wow. Back in Mexico he would have lost his license for doing 90. At 120 the plod would probably just shoot him.

Back in Mexico you just slip the cop a 50 and off you go on your merry way.

#13
Mike Bessenger11:42 am, 04 Oct 13

Mysteryman said :

No, it shouldn’t. The first time results in a very large fine and significant accumulation of demerit points – not to mention the flow on effects for insurance premiums, etc. The second time results in no more licence. That’s reasonable.

I’d hardly call $1,811 a ‘very large fine’, more like a slap on the wrist.
Speeding fines have no effect on insurance premiums.

This kid should of lost his licence, and his car.

#14
BimboGeek12:20 pm, 04 Oct 13

milkman said :

BimboGeek said :

Wow. Back in Mexico he would have lost his license for doing 90. At 120 the plod would probably just shoot him.

Back in Mexico you just slip the cop a 50 and off you go on your merry way.

True. Unless he already shot you.

#15
gazket1:06 pm, 04 Oct 13

“Double demerits will apply for speeding and seatbelt offences, with an extra point for all other traffic offences”

Whats this extra point for other offences bull shit. When did the labor commies bring this in.

#16
milkman1:12 pm, 04 Oct 13

BimboGeek said :

milkman said :

BimboGeek said :

Wow. Back in Mexico he would have lost his license for doing 90. At 120 the plod would probably just shoot him.

Back in Mexico you just slip the cop a 50 and off you go on your merry way.

True. Unless he already shot you.

Good point. :)

#17
Mysteryman1:41 pm, 04 Oct 13

Mike Bessenger said :

Mysteryman said :

No, it shouldn’t. The first time results in a very large fine and significant accumulation of demerit points – not to mention the flow on effects for insurance premiums, etc. The second time results in no more licence. That’s reasonable.

I’d hardly call $1,811 a ‘very large fine’, more like a slap on the wrist.
Speeding fines have no effect on insurance premiums.

This kid should of lost his licence, and his car.

1. $1800 is a very large fine. Especially for a young driver.

2. Speeding fines definitely have an effect on insurance premiums if the insurance company finds out. That’s why they ask you if you’ve had any traffic infringement notices in the last 5 years. What did you think that question was for? The sake of curiosity?

3. It’s “should have”, not “should of”.

#18
Deref2:46 pm, 04 Oct 13

Mysteryman said :

3. It’s “should have”, not “should of”.

On that we can agree.

#19
CoffinRX28:07 pm, 04 Oct 13

Mysteryman said :

Mike Bessenger said :

Mysteryman said :

No, it shouldn’t. The first time results in a very large fine and significant accumulation of demerit points – not to mention the flow on effects for insurance premiums, etc. The second time results in no more licence. That’s reasonable.

I’d hardly call $1,811 a ‘very large fine’, more like a slap on the wrist.
Speeding fines have no effect on insurance premiums.

This kid should of lost his licence, and his car.

1. $1800 is a very large fine. Especially for a young driver.

2. Speeding fines definitely have an effect on insurance premiums if the insurance company finds out. That’s why they ask you if you’ve had any traffic infringement notices in the last 5 years. What did you think that question was for? The sake of curiosity?

3. It’s “should have”, not “should of”.

fines do not affect insurance premiums, but more fines the chances being offered a policy reduces.

I love the high horses people have on here …. i’ll enjoy when you fall

#20
nemesisrocks6:17 pm, 05 Oct 13

Yet another example of cops harrassing motorists again, for completely the wrong reasons. Sheer revenue raising. It’s all too easy to for them to mindlessly enforce speed limits, instead of actually preventing *real* crimes. When will they get it through their thick heads: Speed doesn’t kill.

#21
wildturkeycanoe4:36 pm, 06 Oct 13

75 people were caught on the long weekend for speeding. How many didn’t get caught then? Obviously if speeding was such a high risk issue, there would be people dying on our roads every day, the long weekend should have claimed numerous fatalities alone. If so many drivers are doing it without causing deaths, why is it such a priority to stop it from happening? I mean honestly, if speed has caused so many deaths on our roads, why not show us some figures/stats to prove it rather than going on the same old rant. It’s just getting old…

#22
spades11:02 pm, 06 Oct 13

Mysteryman said :

staminaman62 said :

120 km/h in a 60 km/h zone. shouldn’t that result in an immediate suspension of license?

No. Familiarise yourself with the road rules and penalties.

I understand that we are in Canberra but in NSW speeding over 45kph is an automatic suspension of your license.

I disagree that there needs to be a second chance for this bloke. Not minding the speedo and later realising you’re above the speed limit is one thing, but 60 over the limit? There is clearly an intention to speed excessively. This is not a mistake.

Also, speedo’s display speeds slightly faster than they are, so if the cops clocked him at 120, he was likely doing 125-130.

#23
bigred9:16 am, 07 Oct 13

Notice NSW and Vic plods have been having a good look at Cootes transport over the last few days. Seeing these cowboys delive a lot of our fuel, why on earth haven’t local plod at least put out a media release on the subject?

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