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168 in a 90 zone gets a solid fine!

By johnboy - 27 December 2012 31

A 36-year-old Pearce man was caught driving 78km/h over the speed limit on (Monday 24 December) in what ACT Police has described as an act of stupidity.

The driver was detected travelling at 168km/h in a 90km/h zone on William Hovell Drive, Belconnen. He was issued with a $1,811 fine and lost 12 demerit points which will result in the loss of his license.

Acting Traffic Operations Superintendent Rod Anderson would like to remind the public double demerit points are in effect until Tuesday (1 January 2013) and police are on the road across the ACT enforcing the road rules.

“After all the recent efforts of ACT Policing in relation to road safety it is disappointing to apprehend a motorist travelling 78km/h over the posted speed limit. Speeding is one of the major contributing factors in serious and fatal collisions in Canberra,” Superintendent Rod Anderson said.

“ACT Policing wants a fatality and crash free holiday period and incidents like this have the potential to make the holiday period an unhappy time for a family, after losing a loved one due to excessive speeding and dangerous driving.”

“We want all motorists in Canberra to seriously consider their and others’ safety as they continue to drive around the Territory.”

ACT Policing is currently joining forces with NSW Police Monaro Local Area Command in support of Operation Crossroads, the fourth in an ongoing series of coordinated road safety initiatives to reduce road trauma across Australia and New Zealand.

Operation Crossroads began on Sunday, December 23 and will continue until January 3, 2013.

Double demerits will apply for speeding and seatbelt offences, with an extra point for all other traffic offences. Double demerit points will be effective from Friday, December 21 until midnight January 1, 2013.

[Courtesy ACT Policing]

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168 in a 90 zone gets a solid fine!
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Alderney 9:01 pm
28 Dec 12
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What a complete tool. Double demerits have been around during long weekends and holiday periods for how long? You’d think that by the age of 36 one would know better.

Going fast in and of itself is not the issue here, it’s the discrepancy in speed to others on the road that makes this downright deadly.

They should chop his arms off so he can never drive again.

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gooterz 10:51 pm
28 Dec 12
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You’d think they’d change it from demerit. You have no demerit points then you get them for doing bad things and they go away after a while.

If you lose 12 demerit points isn’t that starting a clean slate.

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c_c™ 11:03 pm
28 Dec 12
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To put it another way, if he slammed into a car coming in the other direction, that would make an impact speed of 260km/h… or the same as getting hit by a Blackhawk at cruise. No one would walk away, and on some stretched of that road, it wouldn’t take much of miscalculation to do it.

Idiot.

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Mr Evil 11:45 am
29 Dec 12
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36 years old?

You’d think by that age you’d be mature enough to think through the possible consequences of your actions.

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1337Hax0r 12:23 pm
29 Dec 12
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How is it that people can do those speeds and not be put in jail? Okay, 10 km/h over the limit = fine, 20 over limit = fine plus suspension. 30over the limit should equal suspension and community service. 40+ over the limit should equal permanent loss of license and jail time. Especially if it is a second offense. 78 km over the limit should have equaled immediate imprisonment with a speedy trial followed by a lengthy prison sentence.

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bundah 1:20 pm
29 Dec 12
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c_c™ said :

To put it another way, if he slammed into a car coming in the other direction, that would make an impact speed of 260km/h… or the same as getting hit by a Blackhawk at cruise. No one would walk away, and on some stretched of that road, it wouldn’t take much of miscalculation to do it.

Idiot.

Can i suggest you watch the Mythbusters episode where they do experiments in relation to the physics of head on collisions,for i suspect you will be surprised.Having said that there is absolutely little doubt that a head on collision where one car is doing 168 km/h and the other say 100 km/h would result in certain death or at the very least brain damage depending on the point of impact.

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bundah 1:24 pm
29 Dec 12
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1337Hax0r said :

How is it that people can do those speeds and not be put in jail? Okay, 10 km/h over the limit = fine, 20 over limit = fine plus suspension. 30over the limit should equal suspension and community service. 40+ over the limit should equal permanent loss of license and jail time. Especially if it is a second offense. 78 km over the limit should have equaled immediate imprisonment with a speedy trial followed by a lengthy prison sentence.

By that rationale high range drink drivers or say someone like Mully should be put to death?

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How_Canberran 2:27 pm
29 Dec 12
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1337Hax0r said :

How is it that people can do those speeds and not be put in jail? Okay, 10 km/h over the limit = fine, 20 over limit = fine plus suspension. 30over the limit should equal suspension and community service. 40+ over the limit should equal permanent loss of license and jail time. Especially if it is a second offense. 78 km over the limit should have equaled immediate imprisonment with a speedy trial followed by a lengthy prison sentence.

Immediate imprisonment? A speedy trial? A lengthy prison sentence? Let us reflect upon the enlightened jurisdiction we are in. Be satisfied with the vicious finger-wagging he will get.

How Canberran.

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c_c™ 2:57 pm
29 Dec 12
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bundah said :

c_c™ said :

To put it another way, if he slammed into a car coming in the other direction, that would make an impact speed of 260km/h… or the same as getting hit by a Blackhawk at cruise. No one would walk away, and on some stretched of that road, it wouldn’t take much of miscalculation to do it.

Idiot.

Can i suggest you watch the Mythbusters episode where they do experiments in relation to the physics of head on collisions,for i suspect you will be surprised.Having said that there is absolutely little doubt that a head on collision where one car is doing 168 km/h and the other say 100 km/h would result in certain death or at the very least brain damage depending on the point of impact.

Can I suggest you not equate science with the Mythbusters. They’re a fun show and there’s some genuine fact involved, but it ‘s not that reliable.

The energy involved does not add up as neatly as the closing speed does in a collision. However their test focused on the effect on vehicles and the dissipation and transfer of energy between two vehicles, not on the occupants.

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bundah 4:37 pm
29 Dec 12
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c_c™ said :

bundah said :

c_c™ said :

To put it another way, if he slammed into a car coming in the other direction, that would make an impact speed of 260km/h… or the same as getting hit by a Blackhawk at cruise. No one would walk away, and on some stretched of that road, it wouldn’t take much of miscalculation to do it.

Idiot.

Can i suggest you watch the Mythbusters episode where they do experiments in relation to the physics of head on collisions,for i suspect you will be surprised.Having said that there is absolutely little doubt that a head on collision where one car is doing 168 km/h and the other say 100 km/h would result in certain death or at the very least brain damage depending on the point of impact.

Can I suggest you not equate science with the Mythbusters. They’re a fun show and there’s some genuine fact involved, but it ‘s not that reliable.

The energy involved does not add up as neatly as the closing speed does in a collision. However their test focused on the effect on vehicles and the dissipation and transfer of energy between two vehicles, not on the occupants.

Precisely and your comment of 260 km/h is misleading for it infers that the energy the occupants would be subjected to relates to that combined speed which is inaccurate as was proven in the Mythbusters experiment.If one hit a wall at 260 km/h the car would be totally obliterated.

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goggles13 5:07 pm
29 Dec 12
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1337Hax0r said :

How is it that people can do those speeds and not be put in jail? Okay, 10 km/h over the limit = fine, 20 over limit = fine plus suspension. 30over the limit should equal suspension and community service. 40+ over the limit should equal permanent loss of license and jail time. Especially if it is a second offense. 78 km over the limit should have equaled immediate imprisonment with a speedy trial followed by a lengthy prison sentence.

on what basis is a jail term justified? yes it is a stupid act, but excessive speed doesn’t necessarily cause an accident. it does mean the driver has less time to react if someone else pulls out in front of him. surely the person pulling out in front of him would be at fault and should be penalised?

drink and drug driving are more serious offences and it amazes me how small the penalties for these can be

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LSWCHP 8:58 pm
29 Dec 12
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bundah said :

1337Hax0r said :

How is it that people can do those speeds and not be put in jail? Okay, 10 km/h over the limit = fine, 20 over limit = fine plus suspension. 30over the limit should equal suspension and community service. 40+ over the limit should equal permanent loss of license and jail time. Especially if it is a second offense. 78 km over the limit should have equaled immediate imprisonment with a speedy trial followed by a lengthy prison sentence.

By that rationale high range drink drivers or say someone like Mully should be put to death?

Now there’s a good idea.

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Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd 9:13 pm
29 Dec 12
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Doing these sort of speeds should qualify to be charged with attempted murder, seeing as if you hit a pedestrian, cyclist or even another car, they are dead.

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mareva 9:19 pm
29 Dec 12
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1337Hax0r said :

How is it that people can do those speeds and not be put in jail? Okay, 10 km/h over the limit = fine, 20 over limit = fine plus suspension. 30over the limit should equal suspension and community service. 40+ over the limit should equal permanent loss of license and jail time. Especially if it is a second offense. 78 km over the limit should have equaled immediate imprisonment with a speedy trial followed by a lengthy prison sentence.

I read the other day that Canberrans are better educated than most of the rest of Australia. If the above is the best we can do I think it’s time I migrated to Uranus.

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DrKoresh 10:28 pm
29 Dec 12
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goggles13 said :

on what basis is a jail term justified? yes it is a stupid act, but excessive speed doesn’t necessarily cause an accident. it does mean the driver has less time to react if someone else pulls out in front of him. surely the person pulling out in front of him would be at fault and should be penalised?

drink and drug driving are more serious offences and it amazes me how small the penalties for these can be

Ah the old “It’s your fault I was driving too fast to avoid hitting you” defense. Classic.

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