600 speeders busted in February

johnboy 2 March 2012 22

More than 600 vehicles were detected as speeding by ACT Policing during February, after a month-long campaign in which excessive speed had been targeted.

The highest proportion of drivers (46 per cent) were caught travelling more than 15km/h but less than 30km/h over the speed limit.

A further 95 drivers were caught speeding in school zones, with two drivers travelling between 30km/h and 45km/h over the 40km/h limit.

About 2.15am on Saturday, February 25, members from City Patrol apprehended a P-plate motorcyclist travelling at 126km/h in a 60km/h zone on Northbourne Avenue. He was issued with a Traffic Infringement Notice for $1811 and faces the loss of 6 demerit points.

Sergeant Rod Anderson, the Officer in Charge of Traffic Operations, said that the high number of motorists found speeding in school zones was particularly concerning for police.

“Speeding in school zones exposes some of the most vulnerable people in our community to the greatest risk; there is no excuse,” Sergeant Anderson said.

ACT Policing is targeting motorists not wearing seatbelts during the month of March. Drivers are reminded that they are also responsible for their passengers wearing seatbelts, and will be fined if passengers fail to do so.

[Courtesy ACT Policing]


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Lillypilly Lillypilly 10:22 pm 03 Mar 12

A lot of these offenders were traveling through the Cotter Rd roads works between the parkway an streeton drive. There were (and still are) lots of motorcycle cops radaring people going through there, and always had someone pulled over when I’ve driven past.

Bad Seed Bad Seed 7:13 pm 03 Mar 12

Mr Gillespie said :

How many kids have actually been killed from speeding cars in 40km/h school zones? Has anyone ever bothered to research that??

I don’t know the research but I know I drive every day throught the school zone outside Alfred Deakin high school and I am heartily glad that school zones apply to even high school aged kids. The way those kids just cross the road any way they feel like crossing it despite the high volume of traffic on that road, its a good thing that most cars do the posted 40kph speed limit otherwise there would be a student collected there regularly.

LSWCHP LSWCHP 6:42 pm 03 Mar 12

A friend of mine saw one of his mates hit by a car outside school when he was about 8 years old. He said his friends head split open like an eggshell, and his brain burst out and rolled down the road.

Don’t break the speed limit, especially around schools.

Jethro Jethro 6:08 pm 03 Mar 12

Mr Gillespie said :

How many kids have actually been killed from speeding cars in 40km/h school zones? Has anyone ever bothered to research that??

As a child I actually witnessed two fatalities outside schools – one outside my preschool and one outside my primary school. In both cases a kid darted out into oncoming traffic and the cars didn’t have the time to stop. Seeing these kids die on the side of the road was pretty horrific and definitely helped shaped my attitude regarding road safety.

This was in QLD before the introduction of lower school speed limits.

I’m going to theorise that accidents like the two I witnessed helped lead to lower speed limits outside schools.

HenryBG HenryBG 5:55 pm 03 Mar 12

Mr Gillespie said :

How many kids have actually been killed from speeding cars in 40km/h school zones? Has anyone ever bothered to research that??

The Dept. of Transport used to have an excellent website where you could access that sort of data via an excellent search engine. I remember looking it up myself a few years ago.
Basically 40km schoolzones’ introduction co-incided with a significant decrease in children being killed during the day on weekdays. (You could search for pedestrian deaths, by age, by time of day/day of week, etc…).
Ditto with the introduction of 50km urban speed limits – pedestrian deaths dropped straight away.

Of course you could never really prove the two things are actually correlated, (confounding factors could include vehicles getting lighter and rounder, less kids leaving school on foot, ???) but I think it’s safe to say that those speed limits have saved a significant amount of lives, and continue to do so.

buzz819 buzz819 4:00 pm 03 Mar 12

Mr Gillespie said :

Alderney, they aren’t “willing” to contribute. I have explained many, many times before in many previous RiotACT discussions, that the fines, once issued, are anything but voluntary.

Bet I’m wasting my breath yet again…… Ah well, maybe it’s because I take bullshit artists like you too literally……

Ahh Mr Gillespie,

Your misunderstanding why people call it a voluntary tax, it is not voluntary as you have said, after you receive the fine, but the person who receives the fine could have driven at or below the speed limit, they volunteered to go faster than the limit, thus a voluntary fine.

Think of it as someone forgetting the plastic bags, same thing.

Tooks Tooks 4:00 pm 03 Mar 12

Alderney said :

I’m content to know there are so many willing to contribute to the government stupidity tax.

If the coppers pulled their fingure out they’d catch many many more.

Absolutely, if they stopped patrolling the ‘burbs and doing other police work, I’m sure they could sit on the roadside and collect hundreds of fines a day. Or we could just rely on speed cameras, because there are that many spastics driving around Canberra that the Government would be mad not to keep adding more and more.

Tooks Tooks 3:53 pm 03 Mar 12

Mr Gillespie said :

Alderney, they aren’t “willing” to contribute. I have explained many, many times before in many previous RiotACT discussions, that the fines, once issued, are anything but voluntary.

Bet I’m wasting my breath yet again…… Ah well, maybe it’s because I take bullshit artists like you too literally……

Mr Gillespie, is speeding voluntary? If so, then you are willing to speed and accept the risk you may be fined. If it isn’t voluntary, you are a crap driver who should hand in your licence.

How many fines have you had in your life? I’m betting an absolute truckload, because people like you who think they’re awesome drivers, are usually the worst. Anyone who continually gets pinged by speed cameras is so bereft of common sense and the most basic driving skills that I’m happy for them (you) to continue contributing revenue.

Tooks Tooks 3:48 pm 03 Mar 12

Mr Gillespie said :

How many kids have actually been killed from speeding cars in 40km/h school zones? Has anyone ever bothered to research that??

You really are a complete imbecile. I doubt you even have an active licence. You’re probably one of these selfish nuffies who drive on suspended or disqualified licences, without giving a shit about anyone else on the road.

Deref Deref 3:47 pm 03 Mar 12

sandcaw said :

Perhaps now they can start targeting drivers using mobile phones.

Roll on the day!

steveu steveu 3:46 pm 03 Mar 12

Mr Gillespie said :

How many kids have actually been killed from speeding cars in 40km/h school zones? Has anyone ever bothered to research that??

A guy when I was at school got taken out by a bus – fractured skull – though he lived to tell the tale after extensive recouperation. I dont know how many kids have been killed but I strongly suspect that a few have hence the introduction of the limits.

You just cant trust kids not to run out between cars etc. and I can see value in the NSW system (reduced hours), I cant imagine how I would feel if I cleaned up a school kid running in front of my car. Im not saying that its going to stop kids from running out in front of my car, though I feel a bit better at my ability to stop/reduce injury on the child if the worst happened.

Watson Watson 3:45 pm 03 Mar 12

Mr Gillespie said :

How many kids have actually been killed from speeding cars in 40km/h school zones? Has anyone ever bothered to research that??

So you think it’s ok to speed in a school zone if the stats show that no one has been killed by it so far? Another classic Mr G idea…

Alderney Alderney 11:52 am 03 Mar 12

Mr Gillespie said :

Alderney, they aren’t “willing” to contribute. I have explained many, many times before in many previous RiotACT discussions, that the fines, once issued, are anything but voluntary.

Bet I’m wasting my breath yet again…… Ah well, maybe it’s because I take bullshit artists like you too literally……

Bulls***ter my arse.

One willingly contributes to the stupidity tax by either being inattentive or willfully exceeding the posted limit.

Being inattentive is just downright dangerous. If one is unfortunate enough to be caught too bad; tell your story walking pal.

+1 to those who think more human resources need to be directed at driving. Maybe then they’ll pick up all the other shit people do when behind the wheel.

For the record, I’ve never been done in a car/truck/bus. However, I learnt young when to speed on the bike. I haven’t contributed to the stupid tax in over 20 years.

sandcaw sandcaw 9:06 pm 02 Mar 12

Perhaps now they can start targeting drivers using mobile phones.

basketcase basketcase 8:23 pm 02 Mar 12

Interesting that there were 600 by the police. Wonder what the unattended speed camera total was?

dph dph 8:20 pm 02 Mar 12

dpm said :

So, how much revenue did that ‘inject into the local economy’, as pollies like to say after a big ‘event’ in Canberra? Hahahaha!
Unfortunately in this case, I imagine it was just locals donating to our local Govt funds – not visitors to Canberra spending their coin….

If people didn’t speed, they wouldn’t get caught. It’s such a simple concept, yet so many people seem to want to blame the police & the government, instead of taking responsibility for themselves.

dvaey dvaey 8:01 pm 02 Mar 12

Hang on, the police caught 600 speeders in a month in which they were targetting speeding… yet, we had a report about the average speed camera on hindmarsh drive that found 800 per day were speeding? So the police average 20/day when theyre on a blitz, but the cameras find 800?

Is there any greater evidence that our city needs to invest more in actual policing instead of (apparently) ineffective speed cameras?

Mr Gillespie Mr Gillespie 7:17 pm 02 Mar 12

Alderney, they aren’t “willing” to contribute. I have explained many, many times before in many previous RiotACT discussions, that the fines, once issued, are anything but voluntary.

Bet I’m wasting my breath yet again…… Ah well, maybe it’s because I take bullshit artists like you too literally……

Mr Gillespie Mr Gillespie 7:14 pm 02 Mar 12

How many kids have actually been killed from speeding cars in 40km/h school zones? Has anyone ever bothered to research that??

milkman milkman 6:56 pm 02 Mar 12

Alderney said :

If the coppers pulled their fingure out they’d catch many many more.

They certainly would. Right now it’s ridiculously easy to get away with doing whatever you like on the road…

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