50 fines in three hours in speeding crackdown.

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Lenient 11:31 am 11 Jun 11

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

Innovation 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 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 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 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 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.

CanberraGirl19 CanberraGirl19 9:06 pm 10 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.

I will never understand people who whinge about “revenue raising” and “quotas”. If you’re not breaking the law, then what on earth are you worrying about? If you are breaking the law, then you deserve to get caught. If no one ever broke the law, then they would never raise any revenue. Good on them for cracking down on people who think that roadwork speed limits don’t count.

Also, agree with zig. How does one lose points from a licence one doesn’t have?

smont smont 8:40 pm 10 Jun 11

The regular speed cameras – often coupled with actual in-the-flesh cop a few kilometres later with radar gun in hand – have I think definitely slowed the morning flow of traffic on Hindmarsh Drive between Woden and Fyshwick. It seems the deterrent value – which I’ve complained in previous posts is lacking in Canberra – is finally starting to take effect. If there’s a 1 in 10 chance that there will be a radar gun around the corner coming down Hindmarsh Drive in the morning, even Trevor the tradie will get the message eventually and start realising that he can afford to start on the building site two minutes later.

Classified Classified 7:22 pm 10 Jun 11

Be nice if they could crack down on people like the absolute fucktard that tailgated me, gave me the finger and screamed at me this afternoon because I dared change into his lane (with bags of room to spare). If you’re the guy driving the crappy white 4WD ute with the giant spot light wobbling all over the place, I hope your missus is rooting your brother.

Jethro Jethro 6:41 pm 10 Jun 11

William Hovell would be a great stretch for point to point cameras. Some people absolutely fly along there and their attempts to bully other drivers into speeding are disgraceful. The road is dangerous enough as it is (90km/hr without any median strip or barrier separating traffic moving in opposite directions combined with no lighting and a tendency for roos to jump into oncoming traffic) that we shouldn’t have to put up with the plethora of morons who treat it as a racetrack.

Skidbladnir Skidbladnir 5:57 pm 10 Jun 11

“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.

Deref Deref 5:44 pm 10 Jun 11

“The man was issued with a fine for speeding and for being an unlicensed driver and lost over 6 demerit points.”

What did he lose those demerit points off?

The Traineediplomat The Traineediplomat 5:03 pm 10 Jun 11

William Hovell Drive? Finally! That road always complete idiots on it, more so coming from Civic it seems who go nuts when it finally turns to two lanes going north!

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