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And we’re back to speeding in April

By johnboy - 3 April 2013 45

ACT Policing will be targeting speeding motorists during the month of April as part of its multi-agency road safety strategy.

At different periods during the year, the strategy targets specific issues and behaviours which contribute to death and serious injuries on Canberra’s roads, with speeding among those concerns.

Police issued a total of 593 Traffic Infringement Notices (TINs) for speeding and 198 cautions during the month of February.

Some 311 drivers were caught travelling more than 15km/h but less than 30km/h over the speed limit. A further seven drivers were caught travelling over 45km/h.

Traffic Operations Superintendent Kylie Flower said 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.

“Speeding is a choice people make and they can just easily make the choice to slow down and save lives.”

“The message is simple, don’t speed. Otherwise you may find yourself with heavy fines, loss of your driver’s license or even imprisoned. More importantly help us make our roads safer.”

“What does it take for people to understand that speeding is extremely dangerous? The chances of surviving a collision when travelling at such speed are marginal at best,” Superintendent Flower said.

Fines for speeding range from a minimum of $167 and the loss of one demerit point to over $1,800 and the loss of six demerit points for each offence.

[Courtesy ACT Policing]

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bundah 2:15 pm 06 Apr 13

Some of you may recall Stephen Corby’s effort circa 2000 as CT’s motoring editor when he reported clocking 270 km/h down the Monaro Hwy on a Fireblade.Stanhope was so shocked that he wrote a letter to the editor expressing his disgust.Although i suspect the Crimes gave him the shove it doesn’t appear to have hurt his career as i believe he’s now Wheels editor.

tim_c 3:12 pm 04 Apr 13

Alderney said :

… And bikes take longer to stop because they have less tyre on the road and therefore less grip with the road surface. …

Er, it’s not quite that simple, not that I’m advocating that motorcyclists should be allowed to speed, but significantly, a motorbike also weighs a lot less than a large car, and even if the contact area is less, the mass of the object being stopped is also significant. This is also why 470cc engine powered to 1x 150mm wide tyre can accelerate a motorbike much faster than a 4700cc engine powered to 4x 285mm wide tyres can accelerate a Toyota Landscruiser!

tim_c 3:00 pm 04 Apr 13

“What does it take for people to understand that speeding is extremely dangerous? …” Superintendent Flower said.

I don’t know, perhaps a Police force that actually understand it themselves, rather than typically driving at around 20km/h (or more) over the posted speed limit.

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