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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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yellowsnow 1:41 pm 20 Sep 11

p1 said :

I accelerate quickly on my motorcycle because it is exciting. Same reason I accelerate quickly on my mountain bike, same reason I go downhill skiing and bridge swinging.

I can take off from the lights and be well out in front of all the cars without getting halfway through the rev range.

It’s called adrenaline addiction. A wonderful thing

edlang 1:32 pm 20 Sep 11

p1 said :

Tooks said :

Sounds like excessive stupidity to me. Why would you accelerate as hard as you can? To win the traffic light race?

I accelerate quickly on my motorcycle because it is exciting. Same reason I accelerate quickly on my mountain bike, same reason I go downhill skiing and bridge swinging.

I can take off from the lights and be well out in front of all the cars without getting halfway through the rev range.

Skylines can be pretty quick, why shouldn’t they be allowed to do what motorcyclists do?

I think it’s pretty silly that in the comments for this thread, all the ones about the cars were “omg typical charnwood stupidity” whereas the ones about the motorcycle were “eh, he wasn’t really trying, ‘busas can go way faster”.

Some people mentioned taking into consideration the locality of offenders… perhaps the vehicle’s ANCAP rating should be a factor, too.

Mr Gillespie 12:54 pm 20 Sep 11

“Driver caught speeding by Floriade” — at 1:30am in the morning?

You mean to say do people go to Floriade at that ungodly hour of the night to get run over by nasty speedsters like this???

Jethro 12:23 pm 20 Sep 11

shadow boxer said :

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.

Really, I go down there every day and always assumed it was 90, three lanes, no cross traffic, silly me…

Good to see you pay close attention to your surroundings when out on the road. Always a good trait in someone who drives well above the posted speed limit.

Tooks 11:14 am 20 Sep 11

milkman said :

Tooks said :

Eppo said :

matt31221 said :

It can be hard sometimes but I mainly stick to the speek limit on it. One thing that I do (which is legal) is accelerate as hard as I can off the lights up to the speed limit and stop accelerating. All the other vehicles are usually out of sight in the rear mirror. There is nothing illegal about quick acceleration done safetly.

Are you sure? I know that you can be fined in NSW for excessive acceleration. Wouldn’t surprise me if the ACT was the same.

Sounds like excessive stupidity to me. Why would you accelerate as hard as you can? To win the traffic light race?

What about when overtaking on the open road? Do you really want to fluff around on the wrong side of the road staring at your speedo, or accelerate quickly and smoothly around the car being overtaken. It’s not much of an issue in Canberra, but venture into surrounding NSW and you’ll soon realise that it’s a part of rural driving.

Not talking about overtaking are we? He was talking about accelerating hard at the lights to quickly get up to the speed limit. What’s the point?

p1 11:05 am 20 Sep 11

Tooks said :

Sounds like excessive stupidity to me. Why would you accelerate as hard as you can? To win the traffic light race?

I accelerate quickly on my motorcycle because it is exciting. Same reason I accelerate quickly on my mountain bike, same reason I go downhill skiing and bridge swinging.

I can take off from the lights and be well out in front of all the cars without getting halfway through the rev range.

what_the 10:17 am 20 Sep 11

Eppo said :

matt31221 said :

It can be hard sometimes but I mainly stick to the speek limit on it. One thing that I do (which is legal) is accelerate as hard as I can off the lights up to the speed limit and stop accelerating. All the other vehicles are usually out of sight in the rear mirror. There is nothing illegal about quick acceleration done safetly.

Are you sure? I know that you can be fined in NSW for excessive acceleration. Wouldn’t surprise me if the ACT was the same.

Which is complete bullshit when they sell stock standard bikes, subject to ADRs that are able to accelerate at that rate from the factory. It’s a BS rule, especially if someone hasn’t broken the speed limit. And seriously, how to enforce it? Totally subjective.

milkman 10:09 am 20 Sep 11

Tooks said :

Eppo said :

matt31221 said :

It can be hard sometimes but I mainly stick to the speek limit on it. One thing that I do (which is legal) is accelerate as hard as I can off the lights up to the speed limit and stop accelerating. All the other vehicles are usually out of sight in the rear mirror. There is nothing illegal about quick acceleration done safetly.

Are you sure? I know that you can be fined in NSW for excessive acceleration. Wouldn’t surprise me if the ACT was the same.

Sounds like excessive stupidity to me. Why would you accelerate as hard as you can? To win the traffic light race?

What about when overtaking on the open road? Do you really want to fluff around on the wrong side of the road staring at your speedo, or accelerate quickly and smoothly around the car being overtaken. It’s not much of an issue in Canberra, but venture into surrounding NSW and you’ll soon realise that it’s a part of rural driving.

Gerry-Built 10:03 am 20 Sep 11

Tooks said :

Sounds like excessive stupidity to me

ummm… excessive stupity is the three drivers from the OP… At worst, this could be descibed as “fool hardy”…

Tooks 9:56 am 20 Sep 11

Eppo said :

matt31221 said :

It can be hard sometimes but I mainly stick to the speek limit on it. One thing that I do (which is legal) is accelerate as hard as I can off the lights up to the speed limit and stop accelerating. All the other vehicles are usually out of sight in the rear mirror. There is nothing illegal about quick acceleration done safetly.

Are you sure? I know that you can be fined in NSW for excessive acceleration. Wouldn’t surprise me if the ACT was the same.

Sounds like excessive stupidity to me. Why would you accelerate as hard as you can? To win the traffic light race?

Eppo 9:30 am 20 Sep 11

matt31221 said :

It can be hard sometimes but I mainly stick to the speek limit on it. One thing that I do (which is legal) is accelerate as hard as I can off the lights up to the speed limit and stop accelerating. All the other vehicles are usually out of sight in the rear mirror. There is nothing illegal about quick acceleration done safetly.

Are you sure? I know that you can be fined in NSW for excessive acceleration. Wouldn’t surprise me if the ACT was the same.

yellowsnow 10:23 pm 19 Sep 11

what_the said :

I don’t think he/she is making excuses. Saying that confiscating the persons car will have more of a deterrant than a large fine, which if they’re a deadsh!t, they wont pay anyway. Take away their car and they’ll notice, especially when it’s 80kmh above a 60zone. I cant believe more than doubling the limit doesn’t equal automatic loss of license.

+ 1. My point exactly! $12k car confiscated much more significant disincentive / punishment than $1.2k fine. The only thing hoons care about is their cars, why not exploit this?

what_the 5:08 pm 19 Sep 11

Mysteryman said :

yellowsnow said :

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

Give me a break. He has about $12,000 worth of car he can sell to pay for his fine. Don’t make excuses for the idiotic choices of others.

I dont think he/she is making excuses. Saying that confiscating the persons car will have more of a deterrant than a large fine, which if they’re a deadsh!t, they wont pay anyway. Take away their car and they’ll notice, especially when it’s 80kmh above a 60zone. I cant believe more than doubling the limit doesn’t equal automatic loss of license.

matt31221 5:04 pm 19 Sep 11

Hayabusa 1300cc going 171? That is nothing for one of those bikes!! I bet you he was doing heaps more and slammed the brakes on when he saw the coppers and they probably caught him decellerating at 171. My Kawasaki ZX14r 1400cc ninja will easily do that all the way up to 300KM/HR. It can be hard sometimes but I mainly stick to the speek limit on it. One thing that I do (which is legal) is accelerate as hard as I can off the lights up to the speed limit and stop accelerating. All the other vehicles are usually out of sight in the rear mirror. There is nothing illegal about quick acceleration done safetly. Think I might just trade it in for a harley because then there is no temptation to speed.

dvaey 4:41 pm 19 Sep 11

Mysteryman 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.”

171km/h?!

…must have been stuck in second gear.

Maybe thats why he got a defect.. faulty 3rd gear? If a vehicle can travel at 170km/hr without a problem, its probably more roadworthy than a lot of the other crud getting around canberra at 60 and 80.

chewy14 4:32 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…….

Belconnen is a suburb as well as a district.

yellowsnow 4:23 pm 19 Sep 11

Gerry-Built said :

yellowsnow said :

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

glad someone else thinks it too…

😉 when i first moved to canberra I seriously thought some sick deviants were doing the unmentionable under my bedroom window. Took me a while to realise a hedge of photinias in flower was responsible.

shadow boxer 3:02 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.

Really, I go down there every day and always assumed it was 90, three lanes, no cross traffic, silly me…

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