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AFP Bingle on Morshead Drive

johnboy 21 December 2010 34

This in from ACT Policing:

ACT Policing’s Collision Investigation and Reconstruction Team are investigating a collision involving an AFP member.

The collision occurred around 12.50pm today (Tuesday, December 21) on Morshead Drive, Pialligo where an AFP vehicle has been involved in a collision with another vehicle.

The male officer has been taken to The Canberra Hospital. The full extent of his injuries are not known at this stage. The driver of the other vehicle was not injured.

It is expected that Morshead Drive will be closed for a number of hours while the investigation is being conducted.

Anyone who may have witnessed the collision and are yet to speak with police are urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or via the website www.act.crimestoppers.com.au.


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Tooks Tooks 8:42 am 23 Dec 10

See, I know you are being sarcastic, because you can’t eat a donut on your head. You need to hold the donut and the radio in the same hand.

I like the way you think!

BTW my comment at #31 was in response to #28.

screaming banshee screaming banshee 9:26 pm 22 Dec 10

Reports say the Zafira was turning right from Morshead, cant see any legal right turn opportunities there so is it safe to say it was trying to make an illegal turn.

Richard Bender Richard Bender 7:59 pm 22 Dec 10

Seeing as the crash involved an AFP protective services vehicle, not an ACT Policing vehicle, why all the vitriol at the police? (Not that there should be any against the protective services either…)

Tooks Tooks 1:45 pm 22 Dec 10

Only if they pass 😉

p1 p1 1:44 pm 22 Dec 10

Most police patrols are two up, genius, so the offsider operates the radio and answers calls. I can’t believe that needs to be explained to you. But yes, they also have magical training at police college, where the driver holds the radio in one hand, the phone in the other, while driving with his knees and balancing a donut on his head.

See, I know you are being sarcastic, because you can’t eat a donut on your head. You need to hold the donut and the radio in the same hand.

KB1971 KB1971 1:42 pm 22 Dec 10

In a rear-ender, the driver in the back is always responsible.

Normally this is the case Deref but I was talking to a bloke last week about this. His son was travelling to Portland in VIC & was slowing down to pull over on the highway to look at something & was smacked up the back by an International truck.

Copper booked him for failing to indicate (not sure of the exact circumstance) & the truckie got nothing.

It was always my understanding that you always had to avoid the vehicle in front, if not then its your fault. Not in Portland it seems……

Mystery2Me Mystery2Me 1:38 pm 22 Dec 10

lol @ Tooks, do they get issued with a white rabbit and top-hat too?

Tooks Tooks 1:14 pm 22 Dec 10

olfella – Could it be the cop was on his mobile phone or chatting on the radio at the time? Just speculating…

Sadly, if a member of the public did this, it would be an instant fine

Yeah, funny about that – being illegal and all. Is that the source of your hatred towards the police? You copped a fine for talking on your mobile?

but police officers are allowed to use their phone/radio because they have magical training that stops them getting distracted

Most police patrols are two up, genius, so the offsider operates the radio and answers calls. I can’t believe that needs to be explained to you. But yes, they also have magical training at police college, where the driver holds the radio in one hand, the phone in the other, while driving with his knees and balancing a donut on his head.

planeguy planeguy 12:02 pm 22 Dec 10

Having helped out at a few major crash scenes, I can tell you that there is a set amount of activities that need to happen – some can run concurrently, but most must be consecutive. As such there will be times that some police will be standing around, waiting for the chance to start their task.

As for PR, who cares. Noone likes cops anyway, and they would be liked even less if they have a driver get let off in courts if they mucked up procedures at a crash scene (it’s hard enough getting a court to punish someone in this territory without police errors).

Thumper Thumper 11:49 am 22 Dec 10

Could it be the cop was on his mobile phone or chatting on the radio at the time?

Which is not an offence in an emergency vehicle.

dvaey dvaey 11:20 am 22 Dec 10

olfella – Could it be the cop was on his mobile phone or chatting on the radio at the time? Just speculating…

Sadly, if a member of the public did this, it would be an instant fine, but police officers are allowed to use their phone/radio because they have magical training that stops them getting distracted.. or at the very least they have laws that let them get away with it if they say it was police business.

bd84 – I love stories like Nothwest9?s. Total speculation on who was wrong and right based on what his best mate said, so it must be totally true.

Until you read the facts and see that he was indeed there, and provided his own independant account, but it was anti-police so it must be totally made up. wait, what?

vg – Bullshit. For starters how do you move into a parking spot from neutral…..mind power?

Generally, if youre reverse parallel parking, you change from a forward gear to neutral to stop, before looking behind you and selecting reverse. How do you reverse parallel park, without going through neutral? Do you just look in your rear view mirror while driving slowly forward, then whack it into reverse and quickly chirp the wheels to reverse back?

DJ – PR… huh? Get over it – would you prefer they saluted you as you passed?

Id prefer they took their hands out of their pockets and GBTW. Standing around with your hands in your pocket should be reserved for construction crews and roadworkers, not police responding to an accident during peakhour on a major arterial road. I guess we have different expectations of police though.

EvanJames EvanJames 10:21 am 22 Dec 10

What a childish response.

DJ DJ 10:02 am 22 Dec 10

Evan,

If Police could decide where accidents would happen to cause the least amount of traffic chaos don’t you think they would? Hope this incident didn’t cause you too much angst.

PR… huh? Get over it – would you prefer they saluted you as you passed?

EvanJames EvanJames 9:35 am 22 Dec 10

It certainly caused chaos with the traffic in the area. It would be nice if the police were mindful of this when conducting their activities. It’s not good PR to have police standing around with their hands in their pockets being observed by drivers who have spent half an hour stop/start crawling to get past the incident.

Northwest9 Northwest9 8:52 am 22 Dec 10

was i there? yes.

was he indicating? yes

he dropped it into neutral, checked mirrors, about to select reverse. BANG.

but that cant have possibly happened, can it, i mean, cops never do any wrong do they?

Thoroughly Smashed Thoroughly Smashed 8:48 am 22 Dec 10

Article in CT quotes a superintendent as saying it’s “too early” to determine who was at fault. At the same time it says the police vehicle was heading north and the other vehicle was heading south and attempting to turn right. There’s no right turn from all but the approach the police vehicle was on. Sounds pretty clear cut to me.

georgesgenitals georgesgenitals 8:32 am 22 Dec 10

Why speculate at all? Maybe the cop screwed up – they are human (well, most of them…).

Deref Deref 8:25 am 22 Dec 10

@ajd – thanks, I didn’t know that.

G.R.R G.R.R 6:38 am 22 Dec 10

Haha vg…mindpower is the new green tech in cars!

parle parle 12:28 am 22 Dec 10

Could it be the cop was on his mobile phone or chatting on the radio at the time? Just speculating…

why speculate?, it’s not an offence

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