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50 fines in three hours in speeding crackdown.

By Charlotte 10 June 2011 33

ACT Policing issued 50 Traffic Infringement Notices in a three hour blitz earlier today (Thursday, June 9).

Between 6am and 9am, police from Traffic Operations conducted targeted traffic operations on a number of arterial roads in the ACT.

The highest speed detected was by a 23-year-old Latham man who was caught speeding at 126km/h in a 60km/h road works zone on the Tuggeranong Parkway. The man was issued with a fine for speeding and for being an unlicensed driver and lost over 6 demerit points.

Another man, a 28-year-old from Macgregor, was caught travelling along William Hovell Drive at 143km/h in a 90km/h zone. He was issued with a $1811 fine and the loss of 6 demerit points.

ACT Policing will continue to target speeding motorists for the months of June and July with targeted operations all over Canberra.

[Courtesy ACT Policing]

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Mr Gillespie 7:57 pm 12 Jun 11

luther_bendross said :

Good work, there should be more of this. Police shouldn’t have to announce their blitzes. I reckon a few covert operations with the results announced post-event should keep people on their toes. Hell, have them don yowie suits and hide in the bushes, radar-sniping people. They can raise all the revenue they like: if I’m breaking the law I don’t have a leg to stand on.

Just so long as they don’t go around roadworks on roads that are normally 100k zones and throwing the book at people for doing 91 in a 40 zone that has the signs 80, 60 and 40 together.

Thoroughly Smashed 6:55 pm 12 Jun 11

Skidbladnir said :

“He was issued with a $1811 fine and the loss of 6 demerit points.”

He paid a fine, and was rewarded for his behaviour with a loss of points?
The idea of infringement demerits is they are allocated or issued to you, and at the accumulation of twelve points in a 36 month period they suspend you..

This is how it works everywhere else, and we’re no different.

-1 credit for you, ACT Police Media.

I like the idea of being issued with a negative.

what_the 6:43 pm 12 Jun 11

buzz819 said :

what_the said :

Innovation said :

Incidentally, what_the, what was the speed limit where your Mum got done for 3k’s over? If it was 40 then 3k’s is nearly 10% over and it is blatantly a safety issue especially if it was a school zone also.

60km 3 lane main road. Hardly a safety issue.

But I agree with the percentile, doing 60 in a 40 zone should attract much heavier penalties than 120 in a 100 zone.

But this was in Melbourne right?

Yep, thankfully Canberra police have better things to do than ping people for 3kmh over the limit.

buzz819 1:46 pm 12 Jun 11

what_the said :

Innovation said :

Incidentally, what_the, what was the speed limit where your Mum got done for 3k’s over? If it was 40 then 3k’s is nearly 10% over and it is blatantly a safety issue especially if it was a school zone also.

60km 3 lane main road. Hardly a safety issue.

But I agree with the percentile, doing 60 in a 40 zone should attract much heavier penalties than 120 in a 100 zone.

But this was in Melbourne right?

what_the 12:43 pm 12 Jun 11

Innovation said :

Incidentally, what_the, what was the speed limit where your Mum got done for 3k’s over? If it was 40 then 3k’s is nearly 10% over and it is blatantly a safety issue especially if it was a school zone also.

60km 3 lane main road. Hardly a safety issue.

But I agree with the percentile, doing 60 in a 40 zone should attract much heavier penalties than 120 in a 100 zone.

buzz819 2:34 am 12 Jun 11

canberralocal said :

How does someone lose “over 6 demerit points”? It’s either 6 or it isn’t, right?

Ummm obviously not, he lost more then 6 points….

canberralocal 4:42 pm 11 Jun 11

How does someone lose “over 6 demerit points”? It’s either 6 or it isn’t, right?

Lenient 11:31 am 11 Jun 11

126>143? presumely by highest speed, they mean highest amount over the limit.

Innovation 10:56 am 11 Jun 11

Incidentally, what_the, what was the speed limit where your Mum got done for 3k’s over? If it was 40 then 3k’s is nearly 10% over and it is blatantly a safety issue especially if it was a school zone also.

Thoroughly Smashed 10:46 am 11 Jun 11

Deref said :

Harriet Vane said :

They’re also cracking down on being in the right-hand lane over 80km/h when not overtaking on Parkes Way.

What happens if the person in the right lane’s doing, say, 70, and I overtake him doing 80 in the left lane? Or does everyone in the left lane have to slow down to the speed of the car in the right lane?

I think you misunderstood slightly. This refers to “keep left unless overtaking” which is law once the speed limit exceeds 80km/hr or there’s a sign that says as much. There’s no law against passing on the left on a multi-lane road.

Innovation 9:12 am 11 Jun 11

How many police were involved in this “blitz”. This works out at a ticket every 3.6 minutes.

Personally, I don’t care how many tickets are issued and how much revenue is raised so long as there is accountability as to where the money is going (eg funding police, better roads, improved public transport).

And #10 what_the – I’m surprised that your mother got done for 3k’s over but she was still speeding. Given that speedos (for unmodified cars) tend to overstate the actual speed, I suspect her speedo probably indicated an even higher speed anyway which should have been a warning to her.

I realise that this next statement would need a cultural change in the attitudes of many but if people started treating the speed limit as a LIMIT in ideal circumstances (eg, dry clear weather, daylight, light traffic) and not the MINIMUM speed in all circumstances then the roads would be a lot safer.

Deref 8:12 am 11 Jun 11

Harriet Vane said :

They’re also cracking down on being in the right-hand lane over 80km/h when not overtaking on Parkes Way.

What happens if the person in the right lane’s doing, say, 70, and I overtake him doing 80 in the left lane? Or does everyone in the left lane have to slow down to the speed of the car in the right lane?

TP 3000 10:21 pm 10 Jun 11

JC said :

Should be more of it I say, especially in road works area’s. The other day had some goose undertake me at the Glenloch roadworks. He must have been offended at me driving at 40km/h and was in a rush. Obviously he only got 1 car in front of me.

I would be as the lowest speed limit I am aware of in the Glenloch Interchange area is 60k’s.

I really want the Police to target the whole GDE roadworks. I am one of the few who sit on the 60k speed limit. As I head towards Mitchell of a morning I have white utes either up my arse or they illegally overtake/undertake to get past me near Canberra Stadium. It is funny that I always catch up with them at the Sandford Street traffic lights.

I just don’t get why the Police are targeting motorists heading away from Gungahlin in the morning & never those heading into Gungahlin.

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