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Drink Driving signs.. in your suburb.

By 28 June 2009 13

Ive noticed over the last couple of days these ‘Drink drivers targetted in your suburb’ signs appearing at various locations on major roads.  Is this part of the ACT governments attempt to save money, by putting up signs warning of police activity, rather than actually having any police activity?

Is this an indication that the number of RBT units will decrease the same way the number of speed traps decreased when they brought in speed camera signs?  Wouldnt this money be better spent putting actual police breath-tests in place, rather than signs vaguely promising to be in every suburb?

I know personally I sit up and take notice at an active breath testing station, more than yet another roadsign.

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13 Responses to
Drink Driving signs.. in your suburb.
canberratowie2 6:00 pm
28 Jun 09
#1

The one on the park way southbound lane as you approach Kambah is so bright at night time they need to set them to dim down whilst its night time

It got to be a safety issue surely

caf 6:03 pm
28 Jun 09
#2

I reckon that a few signs probably has a better cost-benefit analysis than the same amount spent on RBT units, bearing in mind that the ongoing costs of signs are pretty small. Obviously there are diminishing returns as you add more signs though.

You’ll be able to see if there’s any change in the number of RBT tests, because those get reported on each financial year.

Aeek 6:20 pm
28 Jun 09
#3

Having only ever seen police in my suburb at the school zone at the beginning of term, these signs are a joke. All 0 police are targeting whatever. 100% of 0 is still 0.

futto 6:43 pm
28 Jun 09
#4

Living in the valley, I just assumed all the cops are patrolling Woden and Civic due to the higher density of doghnut shops.

bd84 7:26 pm
28 Jun 09
#5

futto said :

Living in the valley, I just assumed all the cops are patrolling Woden and Civic due to the higher density of doghnut shops.

There are plenty of doughnut shops in the Tuggeranong area.

It’s just another government ‘we can’t be bothered paying for new police so we will hire a nice LED sign for a few days to worry people’.

p1 7:46 pm
28 Jun 09
#6

How long till the word “targetted” gets blanked out?

xyro 9:49 pm
28 Jun 09
#7

rbt on drakeford drive right now! The sign over hindmarsh will cause an accident because it is too bright….wait for a fog! LOL

Sigma 12:42 am
29 Jun 09
#8

It baffles me why Police have RBT on main roads all the drunks take the back roads to wherever it is they are going.

niftydog 9:05 am
29 Jun 09
#9

Far too bright. I couldn’t read the one I saw the other night because it was a blurry mess at a distance, and painfully bright when you got closer!

Tooks 12:22 pm
29 Jun 09
#10

Sigma said :

It baffles me why Police have RBT on main roads all the drunks take the back roads to wherever it is they are going.

Because not ALL the drunks take the back roads.

peterh 1:01 pm
29 Jun 09
#11

have to say, the brightness of the signs on the parkway could be toned down a bit, I can read the water usage signs easily at night, but the new ones are far too bright.

The numbers of police i saw on saturday night was pretty low, both on the way to belconnen and back much later. But the amount of idiots on the parkway, weaving, braking and generally carrying on made me wonder whether they were drunk or just inherently stupid.

hax 3:11 pm
29 Jun 09
#12

+1 being too bright

Last night as I went past and was thinking how dangerous it was – it’s like having high-beams in your face.

Drink driving = same
Accidents near signs = rising

Spideydog 3:56 pm
29 Jun 09
#13

“ACT governments attempt to save money, by putting up signs warning of police activity, rather than actually having any police activity?”

Those signs DID coincide with a RBT targeted blitz.

Targeted RBT does not just mean dozens of police on the roadside in a RBT station …… it means mobile RBT in marked and UNMARKED vehicles.

Just because you didn’t see it, doesn’t mean it didn’t happen.

Some of the comments above are a little disappointing, and somewhat short sighted. I suppose the unmarked police vehicles needed to have those ultra bright RBT signs strapped to their roof and pulling cars over for people to notice !!!!

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