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Speed sign on the northbound parkway speed camera

By thomped2 - 2 February 2010 30

Hi all, i would like to thank whoever put the 100kph speed sign on the northbound parkway speed camera (where the cotter crosses over).

This is a good idea and should be done to every static speed camera. its already been done for the speed vans. Think about it how many times have you been driving along and then just saw the camera and gone “WHAT SPPED IS IT?!?!?!?” and jammed on the brakes, especially if you from out of town.

Yes they put 3 big signs up on the way toward the camera remove them and put it on the darn thing! get straight to the point.

What’s Your opinion?


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Speed sign on the northbound parkway speed camera
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Woody Mann-Caruso 9:34 pm
02 Feb 10
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“WHAT SPPED IS IT?!?!?!?”

You’ve got to be a troll. Nobody could be that stupid.

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WillowJim 10:14 pm
02 Feb 10
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No offence, Thomped2, but knowing the speed limit at any given moment is part of being a competent driver. If you don’t, you’re lacking the awareness that someone who is licensed to drive should have.

Even more so if you live in Canberra and generally drive on the same roads.

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Cameron 10:45 pm
02 Feb 10
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I can’t think of a road in Canberra that doesn’t have a speed limit sign at every possible entry onto the road. If you don’t know the limit of the road you’re driving on, particularly when they throw them in your face three or four times before a speed camera, perhaps you shouldn’t be driving.

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Rawhide Kid No 2 8:34 am
03 Feb 10
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He could be from outa town . But then I could be wrong.

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madamcholet 8:52 am
03 Feb 10
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I got caught at the cameron on the traffic lights on Drakeford Drive, (around Kambah), a while back. Whilst I’m not excusing myself for (slightly), speeding, have paid the ensuing fine and slapped my own wrist, I did subsequently think to myself that the fact that the traffic lights have a red light camera and a speed camera should be displayed as prominently as the other fixed speed cameras on the Parkway. I had a feeling that they had to be prominently signposted and I wonder why this one is not so.

Having said that, I get as fed up as everyone else with those on our roads who drive like it’s the autobahn and am for the most part not bothered by speed cameras.

Have to also agree with the other comments – can’t think of a road that is over 100km in Canberra so it is quite hard to get caught there.

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fnaah 9:15 am
03 Feb 10
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Perhaps you’d like the speed limit printed on the road itself, every twenty metres? Would that help you remember how fast you’re supposed to be going?

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tillyard 10:04 am
03 Feb 10
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There’s no need to be rude. I sometimes find myself unsure of the speed limit when entering a road because I’m busy looking out for traffic before merging and hoping the idiot behind me will apply the brakes before slamming into me (something that a lot of drivers are unable to do, they simply merge regardless of the semi!) and there are a lot of very confusing setups so that by the time you figure out where the hell you are you’ve missed the speed sign.

ANOTHER thing is that speed limits often change between 60 or 80 for example, every 100m it changes back and forth. Then there’s the “roadworks”. Not to mention most Canberrans fly along doing 100 in an 80 zone while others are talking on their phone and alternating between 40 and 20 km in a 60 zone. And there was a post a couple of weeks back about the ridiculous amount of road signs. So I don’t blame people from out of town or other parts of the city for being unsure at times.

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troll-sniffer 11:01 am
03 Feb 10
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There’s a new toy I got that’s perfect for Canberra (with some limitations of course).

It’s a Navig8r G35 GPS thingummy that sits on the dash like all the other GPS thingamajigs, but it has a thing called Speed Alert that constantly lets you know what the speed is and beeps at you when you are going faster than the Nazi Party allows. Unlike the other GPS thingamies, you can replace the map with a full screen symbol that displays the current speed for the bit of tarmac you’re zooming along.

Now when I jump in the car, I head off, aware of what the speed is in my street, and the next street and so on. After a couple of minutes the machine recognises enough secret spy satellites and chimes to let me know it’s now looking after me. From then on it chimes when the speed limit changes, and Canberra roads being what they are, I get a beep every couple of minutes whenever I stray over the official Nazi-sanctioned limits, and now my automatic reflex is just to welease woger from the loud pedal a little, glance at the speedo and continue driving, rarely looking at the speedo again until i get another beep.

It’s not perfect by any means. Some of the speed limits in the database are out of date, but not many. Also roadworks aren’t included so they need to be noted manually, shock horror. So I still need to keep my wits about me and be aware of the local speeds. what it does do is prevent the pedal creep that is so easy on our wide empty roads, (perfectly safe but not according to the Nazi Party).

And as a bonus, anytime you enter a zone 250m around any fixed speed camera, it has a special alert warning of a fixed camera. Quite often the camera is on the other lane or even on another road, but I don’t care, I’d rather have an irrelevant warning than none at all.

So, if you’re like me, and tend to drive to the conditions rather than the Nazi Party sanctioned limits, and consequently often find yourself on an empty wide stretch of straight road doing (shock horror) 10-15km/hr more than the Nazi Party allows, then one of these devices can be a godsend. Although I hate doing it, I now drive within the often ridiculous limits almost unconsciously, with the reassuring occasional beep keeping my wallet stuffed with more of the proceeds of my ridiculously inflated salary.

I purchased the device for the princely sum of $127 at a blue-themed office supplies chain store, and paid a further $30 for a year of speed updates. If it saves me just one speeding fine, it’s paid for itself. It’s a Navig8r G35, I believe there are other fancier models available as well.

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tarj 11:23 am
03 Feb 10
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I would like to think that all these Riotact users with negative and patronising comments about this post have never been caught speeding. Because otherwise that would mean that they are doing it intentionally. Who is more stupid now.

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youami 1:10 pm
03 Feb 10
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tillyard said :

There’s no need to be rude. I sometimes find myself unsure of the speed limit when entering a road because I’m busy looking out for traffic before merging and hoping the idiot behind me will apply the brakes before slamming into me (something that a lot of drivers are unable to do, they simply merge regardless of the semi!) and there are a lot of very confusing setups so that by the time you figure out where the hell you are you’ve missed the speed sign.

ANOTHER thing is that speed limits often change between 60 or 80 for example, every 100m it changes back and forth. Then there’s the “roadworks”. Not to mention most Canberrans fly along doing 100 in an 80 zone while others are talking on their phone and alternating between 40 and 20 km in a 60 zone. And there was a post a couple of weeks back about the ridiculous amount of road signs. So I don’t blame people from out of town or other parts of the city for being unsure at times.

Nup, that is simply no excuse – maybe go and get your Ls again! Sorry but the rest of the world can drive by looking all around and being diligent of vehicles behind you and in front and to the side so why can’t you? WillowJim at #2 pointed out that competent drivers should know the speed limit, with or without signs. If in doubt refer to the Australian Road Rules which I recall states, if a road in a built-up area and no sign travel at 50km, if there are no street lights travel at 100km. Can’t go wrong as most major roads in ACT are 80km so until you see a sign you will be fine. Sure travelling at 50 in an 80 zone might not be ideal but it won’t be long before you will see a sign.

tarj said :

I would like to think that all these Riotact users with negative and patronising comments about this post have never been caught speeding. Because otherwise that would mean that they are doing it intentionally. Who is more stupid now.

Speeding and getting caught speeding are two different matters. Don’t get confused here, I do sometimes speed but I have also never been caught. And when I do I will cop it on the chin.

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youami 1:15 pm
03 Feb 10
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troll-sniffer said :

There’s a new toy I got that’s perfect for Canberra (with some limitations of course).

It’s a Navig8r G35 GPS thingummy that sits on the dash like all the other GPS thingamajigs, but it has a thing called Speed Alert that constantly lets you know what the speed is and beeps at you when you are going faster than the Nazi Party allows. Unlike the other GPS thingamies, you can replace the map with a full screen symbol that displays the current speed for the bit of tarmac you’re zooming along.

Now when I jump in the car, I head off, aware of what the speed is in my street, and the next street and so on. After a couple of minutes the machine recognises enough secret spy satellites and chimes to let me know it’s now looking after me. From then on it chimes when the speed limit changes, and Canberra roads being what they are, I get a beep every couple of minutes whenever I stray over the official Nazi-sanctioned limits, and now my automatic reflex is just to welease woger from the loud pedal a little, glance at the speedo and continue driving, rarely looking at the speedo again until i get another beep.

It’s not perfect by any means. Some of the speed limits in the database are out of date, but not many. Also roadworks aren’t included so they need to be noted manually, shock horror. So I still need to keep my wits about me and be aware of the local speeds. what it does do is prevent the pedal creep that is so easy on our wide empty roads, (perfectly safe but not according to the Nazi Party).

And as a bonus, anytime you enter a zone 250m around any fixed speed camera, it has a special alert warning of a fixed camera. Quite often the camera is on the other lane or even on another road, but I don’t care, I’d rather have an irrelevant warning than none at all.

So, if you’re like me, and tend to drive to the conditions rather than the Nazi Party sanctioned limits, and consequently often find yourself on an empty wide stretch of straight road doing (shock horror) 10-15km/hr more than the Nazi Party allows, then one of these devices can be a godsend. Although I hate doing it, I now drive within the often ridiculous limits almost unconsciously, with the reassuring occasional beep keeping my wallet stuffed with more of the proceeds of my ridiculously inflated salary.

I purchased the device for the princely sum of $127 at a blue-themed office supplies chain store, and paid a further $30 for a year of speed updates. If it saves me just one speeding fine, it’s paid for itself. It’s a Navig8r G35, I believe there are other fancier models available as well.

Why don’t you just be aware? It worked for all drivers all those years ago without GPS thingamijigs. Surely knowing the speed limit on a road is fundamental to driving on the road. And those GPS thingamijigs I think they are a hindrance than anything else. Where is the planning and being aware of the environment or the roadside or the ‘best’ way to get from a to b? Instead of knowing points and places of interest (or speed signs in this case) you rely on a computer (or computer voice or computer beep) to tell you where to go. Next thing you know we will all be passengers with no-one being able to drive. I bet most readers drive automatics as well, so you not even really driving just steering the wheel! Aaahh get me to Nimbin lol.

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Punter 2:26 pm
03 Feb 10
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“Speeding and getting caught speeding are two different matters. Don’t get confused here, I do sometimes speed but I have also never been caught. And when I do I will cop it on the chin.”

Youami, the not so obvious difference between the two is when you’re caught and cop it on the chin , the police just may have saved you or someone else from serious injury or death, a consequence you sadly seem to have overlooked. Following your comment, I don’t think you qualify to give advice as to sticking to the speed limit (#10), perhaps you too could go and get your L’s again if you’re unable to stick to the speed limit or under it as everyone else on the road is required to.

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housebound 2:44 pm
03 Feb 10
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There’s a couple of places where the speed signs were hidden behind trees, so you kinda had to know the sign was there to know to drop your speed (from 80 to 60 at the time). And yes, I lost $65 from one such instance.

Some people find the multiple limits a bit confusing too – the fact that you can find a speed limit for 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, 90, 100 km somewhere in Canberra (ok – i haven’t seen a 20 lately). That’s a lot of beeps from your GPS thingy.

All that aside, the one place the speed limits are very well signposted is in the lead-up to a fixed camera.

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buzz819 3:04 pm
03 Feb 10
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I presume the other 3 LARGE signs saying 100 SPEED CAMERA didn’t catch your attention? The sign on the actual camera was put there when they were putting up the rather lovely barricade on the Cotter Rd overpass, which I assume is to stop the f&ckwit teenagers with nothing better to do then throw stuff at cars to see who they can kill.

The red light speed camera sign on Drakeford Dr. is also well sign posted, not as big as the Tuggy Parkway signs, but the same as the signs on Northbourne Ave x2, Canberra Ave, Barton Hwy, Barry Drive and Hindmarsh Drive.

I can kinda understand where the OP is coming from, I mean it is hard to figure out how fast to go, when your drinking a coffee, reading the paper and talking on your mobile telephone.

3 tips on following the speed limit;
1. Take head out of a$$
2. Have a look at the road signs (not the stupid ones about dying, texting and drinking.)
3. If your not overtaking on a road that has a speed limit over 90km/h keep left(It is the law.)

I’m gonna add a number 4,
4. When coming up to a form one lane, if you leave enough room for a car to fit between you and the car in front of you, it makes it so much easier for all the cars merge (Don’t go on about the other cars trying to squeeze in either, you will find if you leave a gap, the people behind you will follow suit. Try it.)

Best way to get out of a speeding fine, don’t speed. Remember it is an optional tax, if you speed AND get caught you are choosing to pay the tax.

Buzz

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youami 3:15 pm
03 Feb 10
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Punter said :

“Speeding and getting caught speeding are two different matters. Don’t get confused here, I do sometimes speed but I have also never been caught. And when I do I will cop it on the chin.”

Youami, the not so obvious difference between the two is when you’re caught and cop it on the chin , the police just may have saved you or someone else from serious injury or death, a consequence you sadly seem to have overlooked. Following your comment, I don’t think you qualify to give advice as to sticking to the speed limit (#10), perhaps you too could go and get your L’s again if you’re unable to stick to the speed limit or under it as everyone else on the road is required to.

Why do you think speeding will cause injury or death? It doesn’t, never has, and never will. Sure the faster you go the more collateral damage one (or others) will receive in the unlikely event of an accident but that’s it. And you can’t tell me I will not suffer injury or death on a road posted at 100km and I travel at or below the limit -I am not speeding. Anyway, I do take your point in that I speed and that is wrong I am such a bad person… I drive to the conditions of the road. Punter, I will take my hat off to you if you say you have never driven over a posted speed limit. And for the record, I never go over 40km in or around as school zone or shared zone. Just saying.

Also, please don’t put “‘” after L. The L doesn’t own anything…

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