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901 speeders nabbed

By johnboy 6 November 2013 25

ACT Policing caught more than 901 drivers speeding on Canberra roads during the month of October as part of its multi-agency road safety strategy.

Police issued a total of 589 Traffic Infringement Notices (TINs) for speeding and 312 cautions.

Nine drivers were caught travelling more than 45km/h over the speed limit incurring fines of $1,811 plus the loss of six demerit points.

A 26-year-old Holt man was caught travelling at 150km/h in an 80km/h speed zone on Ginninderra Drive. His excuse for speeding was that ‘he was late to pick up a battery before work’.

Some 454 drivers were caught travelling more than 15km/h but less than 30km/h over the speed limit.

Officer-in-Charge of Traffic Operations Station Sergeant Rod Anderson said the speeding figures for October were extremely disappointing.

“People who believe that it’s okay to travel at excessive speeds on our roads need to realise the danger that they are putting themselves and other road-users in by their behavior,” Station Sergeant Anderson said.

“This type of irresponsible act will not be tolerated by the community or ACT Policing. Drivers need to remember speed affects their ability to stop their car to prevent collisions.”

“Drivers who willfully speed were gambling with their own lives, the lives of other drivers and passengers, and the lives of children, pedestrians and cyclists.”

Station Sergeant Anderson said he was also concerned by the 73 motorists caught speeding in school zones during the month of October.

“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.

“During the first three weeks of term three, police conducted speed testing at 107 schools (76 per cent) throughout the ACT as part of our goal to visit every school this term.”

A 66-year-old Red Hill woman was caught travelling at 77km/h in a 40km/h school speed zone outside Canberra Grammar in Red Hill. She received a TIN of $664 plus the loss of four demerit points.

Fines for speeding range from a minimum of $203 and the loss of one demerit point to over $1,800 and the loss of six demerit points for each offence. The courts may also disqualify a driver from holding or obtaining a drivers licence in serious cases.

[Courtesy ACT Policing]

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Jim Jones 9:59 am 08 Nov 13

goggles13 said :

La_Tour_Maubourg said :

I’d like to know how many people exceeding the speed limit were caught within roadwork sites.
To me it does not count if you do not drive the roadwork limit through abandoned roadworks.

Referring to the overused Police statement above, apparently we only endanger lives at excess speeds? So if I go 59 in a 60 zone nobody gets killed…. You are at speed from <1km/h.

The Red Hill woman caught at 77, although I do not agree with exceeding the school limit it is very easy to roll down Mugga Way and only realise your speed once approaching the school so I doubt this was intentional. Whatever happened to school zones when they are only applicable between 8am-10am etc?

you can use your gears to slow you going down a hill, even in an automatic

Even simpler, you can move one of your feet slightly to slow you down.

goggles13 9:44 am 08 Nov 13

La_Tour_Maubourg said :

I’d like to know how many people exceeding the speed limit were caught within roadwork sites.
To me it does not count if you do not drive the roadwork limit through abandoned roadworks.

Referring to the overused Police statement above, apparently we only endanger lives at excess speeds? So if I go 59 in a 60 zone nobody gets killed…. You are at speed from <1km/h.

The Red Hill woman caught at 77, although I do not agree with exceeding the school limit it is very easy to roll down Mugga Way and only realise your speed once approaching the school so I doubt this was intentional. Whatever happened to school zones when they are only applicable between 8am-10am etc?

you can use your gears to slow you going down a hill, even in an automatic

goggles13 9:40 am 08 Nov 13

Queen_of_the_Bun said :

Tell the truth – speed does not affect my ability to stop my car, I push the brake pedal in the same way irrespective of whether I am doing 20kmh or 110kmh. the difference is that my car won’t stop in the same distance at a higher speed, compared with a lower speed.[/quote>

Tell the truth yourself – you’ve left off the critical part about preventing collisions. The difference is that if you’re doing 65 in a 50 zone, you will not be able to stop the car as quickly as you could if you were doing 50.

and so has the AFP left off the critical part. I know that a car will not stop in the same distance from a higher speed. but my ability to push the brake pedal is not affected by speed.

Baggy 9:26 am 08 Nov 13

La_Tour_Maubourg said :

Perhaps the Govt could consider speed limits that suit the road and cancel further plans to lower certain speed limits.
Anybody else notice the speed limit change on Horse Park Drive west of Federal Highway? Now 60km/h. This is not in a roadwork area. Maybe this is to deter motorists from roling down the slope at speed?

This is something I was going to raise as well. How on earth can it possible be deemed a roadwork area? Heading away from Gungahlin the 60 zone starts a full km from the actual roadworks, and heading towards Gungahlin it finishes a full km from the last roadworks. It is nonsense.

Tooks 7:55 am 08 Nov 13

La_Tour_Maubourg said :

I’d like to know how many people exceeding the speed limit were caught within roadwork sites.
To me it does not count if you do not drive the roadwork limit through abandoned roadworks.

Referring to the overused Police statement above, apparently we only endanger lives at excess speeds? So if I go 59 in a 60 zone nobody gets killed…. You are at speed from <1km/h.

The Red Hill woman caught at 77, although I do not agree with exceeding the school limit it is very easy to roll down Mugga Way and only realise your speed once approaching the school so I doubt this was intentional. Whatever happened to school zones when they are only applicable between 8am-10am etc?

So you think it’s easy to accidentally roll through a school zone at almost double the speed limit? School zones in ACT have always been 8-4 as far as I’m aware.

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