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Double demerit points this Anzac Day

By Barcham - 23 April 2013 41

For your information Rioters:

ACT Policing is urging motorists to drive safely over the Anzac Day period and warns that double demerits will apply for speeding and seatbelt offences, with an extra point for all other traffic offences.

Double demerit points are effective from the first instance on Wednesday, April 24 until midnight April 28, 2013.

ACT Traffic Operations Superintendent Kylie Flower said ACT Policing will continue to target reckless and dangerous driving behaviour over the Anzac Day period.

“ACT Policing is asking the Canberra community to enjoy Anzac Day, but remember to keep our roads safe by not drinking and driving and staying within the speed limit at all times. Make sure you fasten your seatbelt and remember it is your responsibility to ensure that all occupants of your vehicle are wearing their seatbelts too.”

“ACT Policing asks for motorists to stick to the speed limits at all times and to drive to the conditions of the roads. Speed limits are the maximum speed you can safely travel on a road in good conditions, not the minimum speed you must travel on a road in any conditions.”

The ACT road toll for 2013 currently sits at four.

Media enquiries
Police Media — (02) 6264 9460, act-police-media@afp.gov.au

[Courtesy of ACT Policing]

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Double demerit points this Anzac Day
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magiccar9 8:24 am
24 Apr 13
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“…with an extra point for all other traffic offences.”

This really shirts me. Not only do they insist on pulling the double demerits card for every single occasion possible, they are now creating extra rules to throw into the bag. Why not just leave it as it – and if people still don’t get the message from it, possibly rethink the entire double demerits implementation from ground up…?

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Tooks 8:50 am
24 Apr 13
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magiccar9 said :

“…with an extra point for all other traffic offences.”

This really shirts me. Not only do they insist on pulling the double demerits card for every single occasion possible, they are now creating extra rules to throw into the bag. Why not just leave it as it – and if people still don’t get the message from it, possibly rethink the entire double demerits implementation from ground up…?

I agree. It should be double demerits for every offence. And I would make the double demerit period permanent.

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IrishPete 9:19 am
24 Apr 13
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Tooks said :

I agree. It should be double demerits for every offence. And I would make the double demerit period permanent.

Absolutely, then double them again on public holidays. (Yes, I’m being sarcastic.)

All the research says that the probability of getting caught is far more important in changing people’s behaviour than the penalty they receive in the highly unlikely event they get caught.

I am still seeing people driving in traffic using their handheld mobile phones. Quadrupling demerit points isn’t going to stop them – catching them will. Especdially tradfies and truck drivers who spend all day in their vehicles, who have absolutely no excuse for not buying a tax-deductible handsfree kit.

Same with fog lights, which are now left on all the time just in case there might be a little bit of fog tomorrow morning.

Perhaps the police need to stop choosing which offences are interesting enough to pull people up for, and do the job they have been given by the elected parliaments.

IP

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bundah 9:32 am
24 Apr 13
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Perhaps the police need to stop choosing which offences are interesting enough to pull people up for, and do the job they have been given by the elected parliaments.

Are there actually police on the roads these days?

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magiccar9 9:34 am
24 Apr 13
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IrishPete said :

Same with fog lights, which are now left on all the time just in case there might be a little bit of fog tomorrow morning.

Perhaps the police need to stop choosing which offences are interesting enough to pull people up for, and do the job they have been given by the elected parliaments.

IP

YES! I totally agree IP. Although regarding the fog lights, I’ve seen quite a few Police Vehicles committing this offence – including one of the fancy Rapid cars.

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A_Cog 9:53 am
24 Apr 13
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IrishPete said :

Tooks said :

I agree. It should be double demerits for every offence. And I would make the double demerit period permanent.

Absolutely, then double them again on public holidays. (Yes, I’m being sarcastic.)

Perhaps the police need to stop choosing which offences are interesting enough to pull people up for, and do the job they have been given by the elected parliaments.

IP

+1.

Check out the ACT Policing statistics for Traffic Infringement Notices from 2008-2012. In my suburb alone, they dropped from 181 (2008) to 107 (2009) to 55 (2010) to 62 (2011) to 22 (2012).

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Pork Hunt 10:34 am
24 Apr 13
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bundah said :

Perhaps the police need to stop choosing which offences are interesting enough to pull people up for, and do the job they have been given by the elected parliaments.

Are there actually police on the roads these days?

The fact that I still hold a drivers license probably answers that question…

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Holden Caulfield 11:04 am
24 Apr 13
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A_Cog said :

Check out the ACT Policing statistics for Traffic Infringement Notices from 2008-2012. In my suburb alone, they dropped from 181 (2008) to 107 (2009) to 55 (2010) to 62 (2011) to 22 (2012).

Because speed cameras.

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Tooks 11:06 am
24 Apr 13
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bundah said :

Perhaps the police need to stop choosing which offences are interesting enough to pull people up for, and do the job they have been given by the elected parliaments.

Are there actually police on the roads these days?

Yep, sometimes there are as many as two or three cars for a whole patrol zone.

Sarcasm aside, There are bugger all police on patrol and that won’t change any time soon.

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thebrownstreak69 11:48 am
24 Apr 13
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No marked police patrols on the roads, and the speed cameras can be spotted by anyone even half awake.

And we wonder why we see bad behaviour on the roads.

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Aeek 11:53 am
24 Apr 13
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Tooks said :

Sarcasm aside, There are bugger all police on patrol and that won’t change any time soon.

More police patrols would ruin their stats, and its all about the metrics.

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watto23 12:00 pm
24 Apr 13
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magiccar9 said :

IrishPete said :

Same with fog lights, which are now left on all the time just in case there might be a little bit of fog tomorrow morning.

Perhaps the police need to stop choosing which offences are interesting enough to pull people up for, and do the job they have been given by the elected parliaments.

IP

YES! I totally agree IP. Although regarding the fog lights, I’ve seen quite a few Police Vehicles committing this offence – including one of the fancy Rapid cars.

You do understand that most fog lights are not fog lights under the law and thus can be turned on at any time? If they are no brighter than the cars standard headlights then they are not fog lights (even if the manufacturer markets them as such) and its not illegal to have them on.

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c_c™ 12:11 pm
24 Apr 13
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watto23 said :

magiccar9 said :

IrishPete said :

Same with fog lights, which are now left on all the time just in case there might be a little bit of fog tomorrow morning.

Perhaps the police need to stop choosing which offences are interesting enough to pull people up for, and do the job they have been given by the elected parliaments.

IP

YES! I totally agree IP. Although regarding the fog lights, I’ve seen quite a few Police Vehicles committing this offence – including one of the fancy Rapid cars.

You do understand that most fog lights are not fog lights under the law and thus can be turned on at any time? If they are no brighter than the cars standard headlights then they are not fog lights (even if the manufacturer markets them as such) and its not illegal to have them on.

You got a source on that. I doubt it.

Fog lights – lower down, emit flat wide beam to illuminate road surface. Never seen a definition of fog lights that mentions light output.

Let’s see your source.

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KB1971 12:43 pm
24 Apr 13
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watto23 said :

magiccar9 said :

IrishPete said :

Same with fog lights, which are now left on all the time just in case there might be a little bit of fog tomorrow morning.

Perhaps the police need to stop choosing which offences are interesting enough to pull people up for, and do the job they have been given by the elected parliaments.

IP

YES! I totally agree IP. Although regarding the fog lights, I’ve seen quite a few Police Vehicles committing this offence – including one of the fancy Rapid cars.

You do understand that most fog lights are not fog lights under the law and thus can be turned on at any time? If they are no brighter than the cars standard headlights then they are not fog lights (even if the manufacturer markets them as such) and its not illegal to have them on.

Try again, 99.9999% of the extra lights that are in the bumper of a motor vehicle are certified at fog lamps, its not just a marketing ploy.

This is opposed to a day time running lamp which is on all the time (ala Volvos….) which is a smaller lap with less output.

There is no rule in the ADR’s that says that other lamps must be less intense than the head lamps, there are set rules for the colour and intensity of the light omitted from a particular lamp. All separate.

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Alderney 12:59 pm
24 Apr 13
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