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139 drivers nabbed in long weekend take 1

By johnboy - 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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139 drivers nabbed in long weekend take 1
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staminaman62 5:07 am
03 Oct 13
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120 km/h in a 60 km/h zone. shouldn’t that result in an immediate suspension of license?

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Thumper 9:11 am
03 Oct 13
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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….

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Mysteryman 9:18 am
03 Oct 13
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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.

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angrymonkey 9:20 am
03 Oct 13
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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.

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magiccar9 10:12 am
03 Oct 13
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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?

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MrBigEars 10:42 am
03 Oct 13
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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.

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Deref 11:09 am
03 Oct 13
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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.

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Mysteryman 1:03 pm
03 Oct 13
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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.

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tim_c 1:14 pm
03 Oct 13
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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.

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bigred 8:07 pm
03 Oct 13
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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.

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BimboGeek 9:29 pm
03 Oct 13
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Wow. Back in Mexico he would have lost his license for doing 90. At 120 the plod would probably just shoot him.

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milkman 8:34 am
04 Oct 13
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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.

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Mike Bessenger 11:42 am
04 Oct 13
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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.

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BimboGeek 12:20 pm
04 Oct 13
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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.

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gazket 1:06 pm
04 Oct 13
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“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.

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