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Is it Idiot Week on the roads?

By 1 November 2012 190

Is there some sort of driving Idiots convention going on in Canberra at the moment?

I’ve seen 8 P-Plate morons (all different ones) speeding around at about 20 km/h above traffic flow (way above the speed limit); two of them were red plates and three either almost rear-ended someone or swerved across traffic in a dangerous way.

The icing on the cake was some drugged-out tradie in a van that couldn’t keep his lane, stalled the van at some traffic lights, and generally shouldn’t have been on the road.

When I watch this I really wonder what good those stationary white vans do for the community when there are all these morons ripe for the picking.

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190 Responses to Is it Idiot Week on the roads?
#1
Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd2:59 pm, 01 Nov 12

Everyday is idiot week on the roads of this town.

It was lol just before seeing a ute with a vote motorist party 2012 go speeding past me on hindmarsh drive.

#2
p996911turbo3:07 pm, 01 Nov 12

I put it down to confirmation bias. It seems like there are a lot more idiots this week simply because you’re looking for them. It’s just like buying a new car. As soon as you pick it up you suddenly start seeing that model everywhere. The numbers haven’t actually increased, you’re just looking for it.

The reality is there will always be unbelievably bad drivers on the road. Are they getting worse or better? Maybe, but not on a week-to-week basis.

Oh, and all ACT provisional licence holders are red P-plates. The green ones are out of state.

#3
bundah3:37 pm, 01 Nov 12

Of course there is the other end of the spectrum ie. the blinkered retards that are entirely oblivious and or inconsiderate of anything around them and drive well below the speed limit in the right hand lane on divided roads.I’ll take the p-platers over the retards anytime.

#4
PBO3:51 pm, 01 Nov 12

Saw a pair of overalls wearing cops in a white “QLD plated” 4wd, complete with spotlights and a siren doing 70 in a 90 zone during rush hour not letting anyone pass them. One guy in a silver 4wd tried to pass and they put the siren on. Couldnt understand why they were doing 70kph and if it is legal for them to put on the siren in the ACT.

#5
PantsMan3:51 pm, 01 Nov 12

Is it just me, or is it a Canberra tradition to have both stop lights out and rely solely on the centre mounted one?

I told a lady from work once that I almost tail-ended her on Commonwealth Avenue several times because she had no stop lights, and she said “yes, the traffic was really heavy this morning!” …Sigh.

#6
Aaroncbr3:54 pm, 01 Nov 12

“Is there some sort of driving Idiots convention going on in Canberra at the moment?”

Yes, all day, everyday. I think it’s some kind of gang because all of their license plates start with Y.

#7
KB19714:18 pm, 01 Nov 12

This week I have driven 3 out of the 4 days for various reasons & I have managed to have two idiot free days on the last two. Both have been relaxed commutes into the city.

Hopefully this afternoon will be the same.

I do have this to say though, all you people who are heading north through the left lane of the roundabout at the Lanyon shops, please give way like you are supposed to. I do not strike a road on my commute like it, everybody is in such a hurry at this point for some reason.

#8
carnardly4:27 pm, 01 Nov 12

I saw a good selfish one the other day.

Young load of folk roar up to the Kambah Village shopping centre and the young blond driver of the blue falcon with number plate BIG RED parks in the very first disabled spot right outside Woolies supermarket. Her young lads all leap out and head off into woolies. None of them looked to be very mobility impaired. Miss BIG RED pulls out her phone and starts texting away madly.

An older lady in full scottish clobber (probably a hanger onner from the Burns club) wanders past and pointed to where a disabled sticker was likely to be put on BIG RED’s window and said something to the driver. One of the young lads wanders backs and hops in. Ms Driver obviously realises that she perhaps shouldn’t be parked there and so backs out. I mean, maybe she didn’t see the big wheelchair painted on the ground she drove onto… But she backs out and parks in the taxi rank there instead. That’s when I noticed that the BIG RED car didn’t have a disabled sticker on it.

I was still waiting for my friend to come out of their shop and couldn’t help but notice probably at least a whole 60 or 70 other empty spots that Ms Big Red could’ve parked in. But they were one whole row back…

Within 30 seconds of her pulling out of the disabled spot, two other cars arrived and had drivers searching for disabled spots. one was driven by a man who got out with 2 crutches and very bad wonky looking legs (I’m sure that’s not the PC word to use but you probably get the point :-) ), and another was an older person then pulled up and hobbled out on a stick.

There are only 4 disabled spots there. I hope BIG RED isn’t so selfish in future. You never know when a genuinely needy disabled person requires one.

#9
Aeek4:33 pm, 01 Nov 12

Some of the best drivers I’ve encountered have been wearing P plates. Just saying.
I never had one. If I had, I wouldn’t have been one of the good ones. Better now.

#10
grunge_hippy4:41 pm, 01 Nov 12

my biggest bug bear at the moment is idiots texting while driving. I see them EVERYWHERE!!!! How dumb do you want to be????!!!!!????

My plan is to land on the horn whenever I see them to scare the crap out of them…. my worry being though they will swerve and hit me or other innocent people.

STOP FRIGGING TEXTING IDIOTS!!!!

#11
Ian4:55 pm, 01 Nov 12

carnardly said :

I saw a good selfish one the other day.

Young load of folk roar up to the Kambah Village shopping centre and the young blond driver of the blue falcon with number plate BIG RED parks in the very first disabled spot right outside Woolies supermarket. Her young lads all leap out and head off into woolies. None of them looked to be very mobility impaired. Miss BIG RED pulls out her phone and starts texting away madly.

I hope BIG RED isn’t so selfish in future. You never know when a genuinely needy disabled person requires one.

BIG RED and co were obviously mentally retarded.

#12
Johnny_Moe4:56 pm, 01 Nov 12

Mehhhhhhh I live in Canberra and everyone is terrible at driving besides me. Rabble, Rabble, Rabble, Rabble.

#13
Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd5:08 pm, 01 Nov 12

bundah said :

Of course there is the other end of the spectrum ie. the blinkered retards that are entirely oblivious and or inconsiderate of anything around them and drive well below the speed limit in the right hand lane on divided roads.I’ll take the p-platers over the retards anytime.

Tailgater are we?

#14
aevans5:11 pm, 01 Nov 12

p996911turbo said :

I put it down to confirmation bias. It seems like there are a lot more idiots this week simply because you’re looking for them. It’s just like buying a new car. As soon as you pick it up you suddenly start seeing that model everywhere. The numbers haven’t actually increased, you’re just looking for it.

The reality is there will always be unbelievably bad drivers on the road. Are they getting worse or better? Maybe, but not on a week-to-week basis.

Oh, and all ACT provisional licence holders are red P-plates. The green ones are out of state.

Ah yes … I was used to NSW which had both green and red ones.

#15
bundah5:39 pm, 01 Nov 12

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd said :

bundah said :

Of course there is the other end of the spectrum ie. the blinkered retards that are entirely oblivious and or inconsiderate of anything around them and drive well below the speed limit in the right hand lane on divided roads.I’ll take the p-platers over the retards anytime.

Tailgater are we?

Don’t be silly i’m a professional driver,i overtake them in the left lane :)

This reminds me of the time i drove Fred Daly home who told me a story of being harrassed from behind whilst he was driving on the Hume Hwy in the right hand lane not attempting to overtake the vehicle in the left lane next to him.Fred said i don’t know why they were driving up my arse and flashing me,to which i responded that the road rules were that one must keep left unless overtaking or one runs the risk of being subjected to road rage.He thanked me for clearing that up for him for he had believed that he had done nothing illegal.

#16
Pork Hunt5:47 pm, 01 Nov 12

PBO said :

Saw a pair of overalls wearing cops in a white “QLD plated” 4wd, complete with spotlights and a siren doing 70 in a 90 zone during rush hour not letting anyone pass them. One guy in a silver 4wd tried to pass and they put the siren on. Couldnt understand why they were doing 70kph and if it is legal for them to put on the siren in the ACT.

One must assume they were AFP and not Queenslands finest here on holiday. One would also assume that the AFP would have a fleet of vehicles which are registered in the states they were first accepted for use.
Where is it written that a police car must be registered in the state/territory of its use?

#17
Pork Hunt5:52 pm, 01 Nov 12

grunge_hippy said :

my biggest bug bear at the moment is idiots texting while driving. I see them EVERYWHERE!!!! How dumb do you want to be????!!!!!????

My plan is to land on the horn whenever I see them to scare the crap out of them…. my worry being though they will swerve and hit me or other innocent people.

STOP FRIGGING TEXTING IDIOTS!!!!

I do like the bit about landing on the horn however comma it may be illegal to sound the said horn except for emergency purposes.
I have entertained the idea of buying one of those aerosol type air horns and pointing that out the window at texting tools.

#18
Evil_Kitten6:39 pm, 01 Nov 12

PBO said :

Saw a pair of overalls wearing cops in a white “QLD plated” 4wd, complete with spotlights and a siren doing 70 in a 90 zone during rush hour not letting anyone pass them. One guy in a silver 4wd tried to pass and they put the siren on. Couldnt understand why they were doing 70kph and if it is legal for them to put on the siren in the ACT.

That’s really bizarre! I would have gone around them anyway. You’re not doing anything wrong! It’s so annoying being stuck with cars all crawling along under the speed limit because there’s a cop up ahead.

#19
bundah6:42 pm, 01 Nov 12

PBO said :

Saw a pair of overalls wearing cops in a white “QLD plated” 4wd, complete with spotlights and a siren doing 70 in a 90 zone during rush hour not letting anyone pass them. One guy in a silver 4wd tried to pass and they put the siren on. Couldnt understand why they were doing 70kph and if it is legal for them to put on the siren in the ACT.

Where exactly did this happen?

#20
Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd9:47 pm, 01 Nov 12

bundah said :

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd said :

bundah said :

Of course there is the other end of the spectrum ie. the blinkered retards that are entirely oblivious and or inconsiderate of anything around them and drive well below the speed limit in the right hand lane on divided roads.I’ll take the p-platers over the retards anytime.

Tailgater are we?

Don’t be silly i’m a professional driver,i overtake them in the left lane :)

This reminds me of the time i drove Fred Daly home who told me a story of being harrassed from behind whilst he was driving on the Hume Hwy in the right hand lane not attempting to overtake the vehicle in the left lane next to him.Fred said i don’t know why they were driving up my arse and flashing me,to which i responded that the road rules were that one must keep left unless overtaking or one runs the risk of being subjected to road rage.He thanked me for clearing that up for him for he had believed that he had done nothing illegal.

Reminds me of almost everyday that I get tailgated and I just keep on slowing down until they stop doing it. Slowest I have got to is 30 in a 80 zone(hindmarsh stretch up the hill). Peeps soon learn not to tail gate this way.

#21
andym11:27 pm, 01 Nov 12

Pork Hunt said :

PBO said :

Saw a pair of overalls wearing cops in a white “QLD plated” 4wd, complete with spotlights and a siren doing 70 in a 90 zone during rush hour not letting anyone pass them. One guy in a silver 4wd tried to pass and they put the siren on. Couldnt understand why they were doing 70kph and if it is legal for them to put on the siren in the ACT.

One must assume they were AFP and not Queenslands finest here on holiday. One would also assume that the AFP would have a fleet of vehicles which are registered in the states they were first accepted for use.
Where is it written that a police car must be registered in the state/territory of its use?

I hope so, as I was stopped at an RBT on a rural road in the ACT by an unmarked (except for flashers) police car, 4WD, dark in colour also with QLD plates.

#22
460cixy6:54 am, 02 Nov 12

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Reminds me of almost everyday that I get tailgated and I just keep on slowing down until they stop doing it. Slowest I have got to is 30 in a 80 zone(hindmarsh stretch up the hill). Peeps soon learn not to tail gate this way.

And again you prove your an a grade dick

#23
PBO9:19 am, 02 Nov 12

bundah said :

PBO said :

Saw a pair of overalls wearing cops in a white “QLD plated” 4wd, complete with spotlights and a siren doing 70 in a 90 zone during rush hour not letting anyone pass them. One guy in a silver 4wd tried to pass and they put the siren on. Couldnt understand why they were doing 70kph and if it is legal for them to put on the siren in the ACT.

Where exactly did this happen?

It was on William Hovell drive after that shocker of an interchange.

#24
Mothy9:38 am, 02 Nov 12

bundah said :

Of course there is the other end of the spectrum ie. the blinkered retards that are entirely oblivious and or inconsiderate of anything around them and drive well below the speed limit in the right hand lane on divided roads.I’ll take the p-platers over the retards anytime.

Then you’d be particularly impressed with last nights crossbreed that nearly caused an accident on the northbound Gungahlin Drive on ramp from Ginninderra Drive. White Commodore check, NSW Green P Plates check, driving 50kmph below the speed limit congratulations you’ve won the Trifecta at the front of a line of traffic trying to merge onto Gungahlin Drive, nearly sideswiping someone who assumed he was slowing down to allow them to pass before joining the lane.

Improved on my the White Magna behind me who crossed directly to the right lane before engaging his warp drives, cutting across two lanes of utterly bewildered traffic.

And then this morning a little blue hatchback on Haydon Drive honking and gesturing wildly over his steering wheel at the bus that had just dropped me at a stop. Sir, that bus had right of way. You’re a tool. EOM.

#25
bundah9:46 am, 02 Nov 12

PBO said :

bundah said :

PBO said :

Saw a pair of overalls wearing cops in a white “QLD plated” 4wd, complete with spotlights and a siren doing 70 in a 90 zone during rush hour not letting anyone pass them. One guy in a silver 4wd tried to pass and they put the siren on. Couldnt understand why they were doing 70kph and if it is legal for them to put on the siren in the ACT.

Where exactly did this happen?

It was on William Hovell drive after that shocker of an interchange.

Very odd behaviour seeing how it’s mostly dual lane except for the section from Holt to Coppins Crossing.

#26
bundah9:53 am, 02 Nov 12

Mothy said :

bundah said :

Of course there is the other end of the spectrum ie. the blinkered retards that are entirely oblivious and or inconsiderate of anything around them and drive well below the speed limit in the right hand lane on divided roads.I’ll take the p-platers over the retards anytime.

Then you’d be particularly impressed with last nights crossbreed that nearly caused an accident on the northbound Gungahlin Drive on ramp from Ginninderra Drive. White Commodore check, NSW Green P Plates check, driving 50kmph below the speed limit congratulations you’ve won the Trifecta at the front of a line of traffic trying to merge onto Gungahlin Drive, nearly sideswiping someone who assumed he was slowing down to allow them to pass before joining the lane.

Improved on my the White Magna behind me who crossed directly to the right lane before engaging his warp drives, cutting across two lanes of utterly bewildered traffic.

And then this morning a little blue hatchback on Haydon Drive honking and gesturing wildly over his steering wheel at the bus that had just dropped me at a stop. Sir, that bus had right of way. You’re a tool. EOM.

Oh yeah i’m very familiar with the antics of the clueless.Only one solution i’m afraid clone the ‘bundah’ and problem solved :)

#27
Vegemite10:12 am, 02 Nov 12

I saw a shocker that could have ended pretty tragically on Gungahlin Drive on Monday or Tuesday morning around 8.20am (can’t remember which day it was). A car travelling south on Gungahlin Drive decides that they would do a u-turn at the lights at Sanford Street (the one that turns in to Mitchell near the cemetery) to head back north on Gungahlin Drive. There was a car travelling north on Gungahlin Drive (going probably the posted limit of 80kms) that had to brake hard and swerve into the other lane to avoid this turkey. Stupidest piece of driving I have seen in a long time that could have ended very very badly had they collided. Pretty sure u-turns at traffic lights are illegal unless it is signposted.

#28
EvanJames1:13 pm, 02 Nov 12

Today was a new and special one… right turn from Fairbairn Ave onto Majura Rd, you need a green arrow and the cars/trucks do bank up at it. So I’m turning right, pleased that the arrow hasn’t gone yellow after 5 cars with 15 still to turn, and notice that on my left, is a car next to me, also turning. Trouble is, it’s a one-lane turn.
I guess she/he thought they’d dispense with being 20 cars back, and turn from the middle straight lane.

I saw a P-Plater planning to do this last week, when the bank-up was back to Pialligo Ave, and parked itself in that middle lane. Trouble is, it’s a through lane and several cars came flying up behind it, and then started up with their horns so the P-plater dwadled off along Fairbairn, reluctantly.

#29
EvanJames1:15 pm, 02 Nov 12

Vegemite said :

Pretty sure u-turns at traffic lights are illegal unless it is signposted.

Unless you’re a cop. Saw cops on Pialligo Ave during arvo rush hour… they were parked travelling west at the big lights, lights turned green and around they went, back towards the airport. No lights on or anything.

#30
Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd1:47 pm, 02 Nov 12

460cixy said :

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Reminds me of almost everyday that I get tailgated and I just keep on slowing down until they stop doing it. Slowest I have got to is 30 in a 80 zone(hindmarsh stretch up the hill). Peeps soon learn not to tail gate this way.

And again you prove your an a grade dick

Explain.

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