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142kmph down Commonwealth Avenue on P-plates. From Charnwood with Love

By johnboy - 19 September 2011 38

A number of motorists were caught speeding at the weekend travelling well above the posted speed limit, with one motorist travelling 82km/h over the sign posted speed limit.

A 22-year-old Charnwood man, on a provisional licence, was caught yesterday morning (Sunday, September 18) driving a black Nissan Skyline along Commonwealth Avenue at 142km/h in a 60km/h zone.

The driver received a fine of $1811 and the loss of six demerit points.

A taxi driver, with a paying passenger, was also caught in the above mentioned 60km/h speed zone on Commonwealth Avenue travelling at 102km/h — 42km/h above the speed limit.

The 28-year-old Belconnen man received a $664 fine and the loss of four demerit points.

Superintendent of Traffic Operations Kylie Flower said that speeding is a major factor in collisions with injuries and fatalities in the ACT, and motorists must be aware of changes to speed limits and road circumstances.

“During Floriade sections of Commonewalth Avenue are sign posted 60km/h to allow the safe passage of pedestrians to and from the flower festival. It’s important that motorists remain vigilant and stick to the sign posted speed limits at all times. The same goes for construction zones,” Superintendent Flower said.

On Friday, September 16, two Traffic Operations members intercepted a motorcyclist on a Suzuki Hayabusa 1300cc motorcycle doing 171km/h in a 100km/h zone on the Federal Highway near Eaglehawk. The 24-year-old man was issued with an $1811 fine, the loss of six demerit points and a defect notice for an un-roadworthy bike.

[Courtesy ACT Policing]

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142kmph down Commonwealth Avenue on P-plates. From Charnwood with Love
yellowsnow 2:17 pm 19 Sep 11

Erg0 said :

carnardly said :

even if the Floriade speed zone wasn’t in place – the taxi dude would still be + 20 kms over a permitted 80…. still breaking the law.

It’s actually 70 along there.

I blame the undersized speed limit signs.

i blame the intoxicating scents of Floriade. And spring in Canberra more generally

Photinias are particularly distracting for drivers. The smell reminds me of … I’ll leave it to your imagination.

carnardly 2:12 pm 19 Sep 11

Sorry Monarch – you are correct! 🙂 So the speed limitations barely had an effect anyway.

Erg0 2:02 pm 19 Sep 11

carnardly said :

even if the Floriade speed zone wasn’t in place – the taxi dude would still be + 20 kms over a permitted 80…. still breaking the law.

It’s actually 70 along there.

I blame the undersized speed limit signs.

MonarchRepublic 1:58 pm 19 Sep 11

carnardly said :

even if the Floriade speed zone wasn’t in place – the taxi dude would still be + 20 kms over a permitted 80…. still breaking the law.

With some poor unsuspecting suck along for the ride.

I think Commonwealth Ave is still only 70km/h when Floriade isn’t on (until you get past the lights near the Hyatt going south), so would still be more than 30km/h over the limit…
I don’t mind a taxi driver getting me where I need to go in reasonable time (and $$$), but not at the expense of my safety and those around us on the roads.

carnardly 1:57 pm 19 Sep 11

Is it full moon or something? I had another moron motoroist on the weekend….
Yamba Drive approaching the Yarra Glen Roundabout. Glance into the roundabout to look whether it was clear or not, and a dark blue car (rego noted but currently left in my car… d’oh ) on the roundabout grabs my attention due to the smoke pouring out of its tyres, the screech of brakes and rubber as it drifts on round. Both of its front wheels were in the left lane, and both back wheels were in the right. I think if he’d wanted to control his car he probably could not have.

Person in car next to me gives them a finger and a shrug of the shoulders and a nod of the head as if to say “bloody duckhead…). Driver of the hoon car obviously sees it, slams on the anchors (still out of control) and misses them by a bee’s whisker. Stared at them and then chugged off slowly and pulled up.

I hope it was worth it for them……

Each to their own, but I don’t get it.

troll-sniffer 1:55 pm 19 Sep 11

Chop71 said :

Why is one guy named as being from a suburb while the others are ‘a taxi driver’ and ‘from Belconnen’
Who writes this crap…….

Seems fair enough to me… it’s like a public game of Cluedo. If you just mention Belconnen etc, that’s code for ‘we wouldn’t have expected this person to have committed an offence’ whereas a direct reference to Charnwood is code for the driver is and always will be a tool. Personally I think the police and judiciary should be given powers of discretion when it comes to hoons from Charnwood, Oaks Estate, Quangers etc. If they can prove they live there, the penalty should be halved and they should all stand around tut-tutting about the misfortunates of the world and how they couldn’t really be expected to know better, given their up-bringing and all that.

Funky1 1:46 pm 19 Sep 11

Speaking of speeding on Commonwealth Ave, hello to the driver of a dark VW golf who zoomed past me this morning going around Parliament House and past the Britsh High Commission (doing at least 100kph) and then proceeded to go through the red light some 5 seconds after it had changed from amber. I have no problem with you trying to kill yourself, but please try not to take anyone else with you. I only wish I had taken down your rego number.

Chop71 1:41 pm 19 Sep 11

Why is one guy named as being from a suburb while the others are ‘a taxi driver’ and ‘from Belconnen’
Who writes this crap…….

carnardly 1:41 pm 19 Sep 11

even if the Floriade speed zone wasn’t in place – the taxi dude would still be + 20 kms over a permitted 80…. still breaking the law. With some poor unsuspecting suck along for the ride.

yellowsnow 1:34 pm 19 Sep 11

This guy will probably have to burgle / rob somebody to be able to afford the $1811 fine

These sort of penalties only act to increase crime, and make these losers feel invincible. Confiscation of car and licence would have been better.

Eviction from Canberra might be another innovative idea. I hear Malaysia is keen to take and cane people on our behalf

shadow boxer 1:28 pm 19 Sep 11

“A taxi driver, with a paying passenger, was also caught in the above mentioned 60km/h speed zone on Commonwealth Avenue travelling at 102km/h — 42km/h above the speed limit. “

Another victim of the wolds stupidest traffic light positioning. Just make people walk around and under the bridge and leave the traffic alone

mikey2308 1:04 pm 19 Sep 11

Seriously , surely at that speed, a driver on his p’s should lose their licence on the spot.

Henry82 12:52 pm 19 Sep 11

In NSW that provisional driver would have had his car confiscated for a month, loss of license for 2 years, and the $1800 fine.

The Frots 12:39 pm 19 Sep 11

Lets post names and addresses of these idiots. It never ceases to amaze me that people are not only that stupid in the first place – but they continue to be so throughout their lives!

MonarchRepublic 12:36 pm 19 Sep 11

“A 22-year-old Charnwood man, on a provisional licence, was caught yesterday morning (Sunday, September 18) driving a black Nissan Skyline along Commonwealth Avenue at 142km/h in a 60km/h zone.

The driver received a fine of $1811 and the loss of six demerit points.”

Could it read much more like a cliché? Aside from if he was driving a white commodore that is?

Seriously though, surely at that speed, a driver should lose their licence on the spot?

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