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Ainslie School Zone Camera Van

By overby - 16 June 2010 27

Would speed 46 be fined in school zone in ACT?

I drive through Limestone Avenue to work every morning and never aware of the Ainsile prime school zone on Limestone Ave.  Until today, a camera van was parking there with significant ticker of “SCHOOL ZONE”.

The cop was holding a rader camera facing coming cars. I am not sure if I would be fined with over speed limit 46??

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27 Responses to
Ainslie School Zone Camera Van
kennardly 1:42 pm 16 Jun 10

I don’t think there is a school 40 zone on limestone ave outside ainslie primary. There is one on Chisolm street though.

lizw 1:27 pm 16 Jun 10

overby said :

I understand that and totoal agreed with you. School zone is important for kids safety. I will pay extra attention when driving through school zones from now on. I was not speeding though. This probably an execuse. However, there’s no significant permanent signs on the road. Unless, the road authority rather fining drivers to educate them then puting up a sign of school zone to remind them.

You know what, doing 46 in a 40 zone is speeding. Cop it sweet. Pay the fine, deal with the loss of demerit points, and learn from your mistake. Even if you’re lucky enough to not be fined, use it as a learning experience.

arescarti42 12:47 pm 16 Jun 10

I’m confused, are we talking about Ainsley School on Limestone Avenue or North Ainsley Primary School on Majura Avenue? I’ve been past North Ainsley School quite a few times and I don’t ever recall there being school zone signs along it.

Tooks 12:27 pm 16 Jun 10

1) It wasn’t a camera van.
2) It wasn’t a radar gun.
3) If he didn’t stop you at the time, you’re not getting a ticket.

luther_bendross 11:47 am 16 Jun 10

“Will I get fined or charged with breaking the law if I break the law?”

I hope so.

Holden Caulfield 11:30 am 16 Jun 10

If it was a policeman standing outside pointing a radar gun my understanding that they have no camera functionality. That is, if you were going to get booked you would have been pulled over and given an on the spot fine.

If it was a camera van then you would be unlikely to ever see the person pulling the trigger, so to speak, and you’d simply receive your fine in the mail 14-21 days from the date of the offence.

No doubt vg will clarify this and plenty of others will tell you what a worthless piece of crap you are for speeding through a school zone.

overby 11:02 am 16 Jun 10

threepaws said :

Was it a speed van or a cop? You said both in your post, but cops do not operate speed vans, nor do speed van operators stand outside them with a radar.

The cop was operating outside the vehicle with a radar gun. It was bumper to bumper during peak hour. I guess there will be lot of drivers getting fines this morning.

sepi 10:43 am 16 Jun 10

It must have been after 9.00. It is usually bumper to bumper doing about 20km down there during peak hour.

overby 10:42 am 16 Jun 10

I understand that and totoal agreed with you. School zone is important for kids safety. I will pay extra attention when driving through school zones from now on. I was not speeding though. This probably an execuse. However, there’s no significant permanent signs on the road. Unless, the road authority rather fining drivers to educate them then puting up a sign of school zone to remind them.

dvaey 10:35 am 16 Jun 10

AFAIK, speed cameras arent allowed to operate in school zones.
From TAMS:

School Zones and Road Works

Mobile cameras will not be used to enforce speed restrictions in school zones or areas affected by road works. Police will continue to use interception methods of enforcement at school zones and road work sites as a high priority within the AFP’s traffic enforcement plan.

So, if the copper didnt get you, youre safe.

zig 10:34 am 16 Jun 10

You’ll probably avoid a fine but all depends on the cop and their discretion.
If you drive that bit of road everyday I think you should get fined for not noticing it. I’d like to see 40km/h school zones attract double the demerit points and fine permanently.

aronde 10:24 am 16 Jun 10

You drive through every day yet have missed noticing the school zone? Hope my kids are never crossing the road in front of you!

threepaws 10:24 am 16 Jun 10

Was it a speed van or a cop? You said both in your post, but cops do not operate speed vans, nor do speed van operators stand outside them with a radar.

Jungle Jim 10:20 am 16 Jun 10

I would certainly hope so. The limit, of course, is 40 between 8:00 and 16:00. Unless by a true stroke of luck the camera wasn’t focussed on you at the time, then you expect a fine in the mail in the coming days.

georgesgenitals 10:19 am 16 Jun 10

School zones are important. Although I disagree with some open road and freeway speed limits, in school zones you should be going 40 and no more.

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