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An $1811 fine

By johnboy - 27 July 2011 31

ACT Policing has issued a $1811 traffic infringement notice to a 20-year-old Gordon man late last night (Tuesday, 26 July) for speeding well above the posted speed limit.

Around 11.30 pm, police were conducting laser speed detection along Drakeford Drive, Bonython when they saw a vehicle travelling at excessive speed heading towards them.

The vehicle’s speed was checked by the officer at 161 km/h in the 80 km/h zone.

Police stopped the vehicle, a white Nissan Pulsar and issued the driver with an $1811 fine which resulted in the loss of six demerit points.

Officer-in-Charge of Traffic Operations, Sergeant Jeff Knight said that the driver should be thankful that he only received a traffic infringement notice when the penalty for driving at such a speed could have been fatal.

“To see someone caught travelling at 81km/hr over the posted speed limit is appalling. The danger they put themselves in, not to mention other road users obviously didn’t cross the mind of the driver. Speeding at such excess has the potential to have fatal consequences. One of the hardest jobs for a police officer is to knock on someone’s front door and tell them that a family member has died in a vehicle collision,” Sergeant Knight said.

On Monday, August 1, ACT Policing will commence a month long traffic campaign on the use of mobile telephones while driving. While the target will focus on driving distraction, police will also be out in force detecting other offences including speeding and drinking driving.

[Courtesy ACT Policing]

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An $1811 fine
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kezzafezza 10:31 am
27 Jul 11
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It should be legal for police to deliver a bag of roundhouse kicks to the head for idiots like these. One roundhouse kick per km over the limit should do it. And then they should be strapped to a pole in civic so people can throw rotten fruit and veggies at them. A bit of public humiliation to straighten them out maybe.

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dks00k 10:35 am
27 Jul 11
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Double the speed limit at 80km/h over the speed limit and we get a fine and 6 demerit points?

What a crock.

It should be licence suspended until we front the Magistrate. But I guess the $1800 fine is likely to be more than the court would hand out anyway.

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dvaey 10:55 am
27 Jul 11
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“Sergeant Jeff Knight said that the driver should be thankful that he only received a traffic infringement notice when the penalty for driving at such a speed could have been fatal.”

Penalty? Doesnt he mean consequence? A fatal penalty, would equate to capital punishment. Maybe we just found the guy whos writing all these press releases, without thinking of what he’s saying.

dks00k said :

Double the speed limit at 80km/h over the speed limit and we get a fine and 6 demerit points?

It should be licence suspended until we front the Magistrate. But I guess the $1800 fine is likely to be more than the court would hand out anyway.

‘a fine’? How would an $1800 fine affect your budget? I can tell you right now, for some it means no eatting for them or the kids for the next month, or risk not paying the fine and getting done driving unlicenced. Well, unless its a richkid, in which case, it’s a simple matter of a cheque from daddy, then another cheque from daddy to pay the lawyer who gets him off the fine with an apology from the judge.

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djk 10:57 am
27 Jul 11
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So cars are impounded for people doing burnouts/donuts/etc, but you only get 6pts and a (big) fine for doing double the speed limit in a semi-residential area?

Not in favour of burnouts or anything, but just seems going that fast is inherently a lot more dangerous than a burnout.

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Classified 10:59 am
27 Jul 11
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The question we have to ask, I think, is whether this penalty is proportional given the penalties handed down by the courts for crimes like assualt, burglary, etc.

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shirty_bear 11:13 am
27 Jul 11
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A TIN for 161 in an 80 zone? WTF??

Makes me wonder what it takes to get a dangerous driving charge.

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nobody 11:20 am
27 Jul 11
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kezzafezza said :

It should be legal for police to deliver a bag of roundhouse kicks to the head for idiots like these. One roundhouse kick per km over the limit should do it. And then they should be strapped to a pole in civic so people can throw rotten fruit and veggies at them. A bit of public humiliation to straighten them out maybe.

Tempting, but those are the old ways, and there must be more modern ways to deal with manic drivers. Perhaps some type of speed limiter fitted to his car for a certain time, or perhaps a GPS tracker and software that can determine how fast he must have been going to get from A to B, or something similar to monitor his driving behaviour and punish speeding for a certain time.

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dvaey 11:23 am
27 Jul 11
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shirty_bear said :

A TIN for 161 in an 80 zone? WTF??

Makes me wonder what it takes to get a dangerous driving charge.

I think a dangerous driving charge, requires there to be some danger to other road-users. One would imagine at 11:30pm on a Tuesday night, theres not too much traffic to be a danger to, on the road.

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bohemian 11:32 am
27 Jul 11
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I’ve given up figuring how the policing system in the ACT works. People who should be severly punished get away and the good ‘ol citizens like us doing the right thing are often abused and ridiculed.

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dks00k 12:38 pm
27 Jul 11
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dvaey

An $1800 would also cripple me for a while.

I guess my point was that it would be a bigger deterrent if my driving privileges were immediately removed and I was faced with being charged, photographed and fingerprinted before spending an entire day at court to front the beak. Even if there were no monetary penalty at court, I think that the experience would be far more valuable lesson.

As it is now, this clown is still driving around, and able to wait the 21 days you have to pay before pleading for time to pay and coming up with an installment plan of $100 per month.

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Mr Gillespie 1:08 pm
27 Jul 11
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Oh, so they are no longer “targeting speeding” after the end of this month, yet they are still “detecting other offences including speeding and drinking driving”, which means they are still targeting speeding?

How does that make sense? How does this differ from a propaganda exercise of Corbell and his cronies throwing their weight around, hm?

Also, why the hell is Police Media giving this story oxygen when all the other speedsters they catch go unnoticed in the Police press room??

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Jim Jones 1:17 pm
27 Jul 11
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Mr Gillespie said :

Oh, so they are no longer “targeting speeding” after the end of this month, yet they are still “detecting other offences including speeding and drinking driving”, which means they are still targeting speeding?

How does that make sense? How does this differ from a propaganda exercise of Corbell and his cronies throwing their weight around, hm?

Also, why the hell is Police Media giving this story oxygen when all the other speedsters they catch go unnoticed in the Police press room??

… and you damn kids stay off my lawn!!!

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colourful sydney rac 1:45 pm
27 Jul 11
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Mr Gillespie said :

Also, why the hell is Police Media giving this story oxygen when all the other speedsters they catch go unnoticed in the Police press room??

What do you want your own press release? ‘RiotAct resident nutter, stalker and general Knob Jockey caught speeding.’

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JessP 2:12 pm
27 Jul 11
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Driving down Adelaide Avenue this morning do the speed limit when a Nob in a Audi came through at high speed…….straight into the arms of a police officer with a hand held speed camera about 400 metres down the road.

Said Nob was explaining his actions to the nice policeman as I drove by. Made my day!

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Tooks 2:46 pm
27 Jul 11
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Mr Gillespie said :

Oh, so they are no longer “targeting speeding” after the end of this month, yet they are still “detecting other offences including speeding and drinking driving”, which means they are still targeting speeding?

How does that make sense? How does this differ from a propaganda exercise of Corbell and his cronies throwing their weight around, hm?

Also, why the hell is Police Media giving this story oxygen when all the other speedsters they catch go unnoticed in the Police press room??

Honestly, are you really that stupid? Do you seriously not know the answers to the questions you just asked?

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