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A Question about Hoons and the Police

By threeze - 18 September 2008 46

I had an experience on the roads this morning that made me think of all the recent postings about the Police cracking down on “hoons”.

As I was driving to work I was tail-gated by a new looking silver Holden Commodore on Northbourne. I was sticking to the speed limit (in the middle lane) and this obviously annoyed the guy driving the Commodore as he flung his car into the left lane (without indicating) and powered past me.

Then he pulled into the slip lane to turn onto Wakefield Av. and took the corner quick enough so I could hear his read-end breaking traction. I pulled up a couple of cars behind him at the lights onto Limestone and when they turned green, he took off in the right lane, then switched into the left lane (again, without indicating) before running a red light at the Cowper St. intersection.

I really want to know if I should report this guy (I have the rego etc.), but due to the fact that the Commodore had a plethora of antennas and blue and red lights on the rear parcel shelf (that were not on, nor was his siren) the only action I think that would get taken would be against me at the next RBT or vehicle inspection.

So, what would you do?

What’s Your opinion?


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46 Responses to
A Question about Hoons and the Police
jakez 4:55 pm 18 Sep 08

Hamilton said :

Bakers get free bread – cops get to speed……It’s a perk of the job!!

Jesus Christ.

Hamilton 4:47 pm 18 Sep 08

Bakers get free bread – cops get to speed……It’s a perk of the job!!

amarooresident 4:04 pm 18 Sep 08

Bugger pushed the wrong button. What I was going to say is that I hope you were being sarcastic.

amarooresident 4:02 pm 18 Sep 08

tuggers said :

This is a problem for us oldies…many cops now fit in the Generation Y category and drive like all other kids… no indicators; tailgating the car in front; hanging their arms out the window; talking on their mobile; and cutting straight to the right lane when coming out of a left turn. I’m not going to report them, I’ll just drive safely for myself and my passengers.

I was told many years ago that the police drivers never break the speed limit unless they are responding to a call or in pursuit, and they never park illegally or stop in a way that is dangerous to other traffic or pedestrians. Is this still a fair call?

tuggers 3:49 pm 18 Sep 08

This is a problem for us oldies…many cops now fit in the Generation Y category and drive like all other kids… no indicators; tailgating the car in front; hanging their arms out the window; talking on their mobile; and cutting straight to the right lane when coming out of a left turn. I’m not going to report them, I’ll just drive safely for myself and my passengers.

I was told many years ago that the police drivers never break the speed limit unless they are responding to a call or in pursuit, and they never park illegally or stop in a way that is dangerous to other traffic or pedestrians. Is this still a fair call?

SheepGroper 3:33 pm 18 Sep 08
theonewhoanswersthep 1:46 pm 18 Sep 08

If this bothers you enough, which it obviously does given that you started a thread about it, then report it. At least you have the rego details. I wouldn’t be concerned about the possible retribution, you can remain anonymous if you so wish is my understanding.

threeze 1:36 pm 18 Sep 08

Serendipity, unless the other emergency services use unmarked cars, it was a cop. Thing is, there was no one visibly in front of him, he had been tailgating me, remember, and the corner he sped through has a pedestrian crossing on it.

Sammy 1:34 pm 18 Sep 08

If that means breaking an occasional minor traffic law or upsetting the sensitivities of a vocal minority, then let it be

Indeed, but this might have just been a simple case of a police officer driving like a dorkhead, because he can.

Sammy 1:33 pm 18 Sep 08

If that means breaking an occasional minor traffic law or upsetting the sensitivities of a vocal minority, then let it be

Indeed, but this might have just been a simple case of a police officer driving like a dickhead, because he can.

Serendipity 1:23 pm 18 Sep 08

Was it a police car, or was it other emergency services. There seems to be a general opinion that every car with aerials and blue and red lights are only police vehicles but all other emergency service vehicles are fitted out the same. I checked the legislation and cant find where flashing lights and sirens must be used at all times when “minor” traffic laws are breached. The legislation gives an exemption (rule 305) for any emergency service vehicle to not comply with traffic laws where required and where reasonable, with or without flashing lights and sirens. I guess what we dont know is what was the reason for the alleged driving. Whilst I agree that police and other emergency service people need to set a strong example in the community, is it fair to continually bash them on an assumption that it was a police car being driven by a police officer. There may be a thoroughy legitimate reason for what was witnessed…….or maybe there is not. For example, when police are covertly following or tracking a “suspect” the use of flashing lights and/or sirens are not used for very obvious reasons. Personally, I am happy to see the police catching crooks using whatever common sense means available. If that means breaking an occasional minor traffic law or upsetting the sensitivities of a vocal minority, then let it be.

jakez 1:03 pm 18 Sep 08

The thin blue line will protect this hoon from any punishment.

wishuwell 12:58 pm 18 Sep 08

threeze I used to love working on police cars ’cause you could then take them out for a bit of a flog, great fun was had. Maybe this was one of those times.

tylersmayhem 12:56 pm 18 Sep 08

I’d report it for sure! Regardless of if it’s a cop or not – they of all people should be setting appropriate standards – unless of course they have their lights and sirens on.

amarooresident 12:45 pm 18 Sep 08

I’d suggest nothing. Put it down to experience and turn it in to an entertaining dinner party anecdote.

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