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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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And we’re back to speeding in April
switch 6:16 pm 03 Apr 13

Spitfire3 said :

Speeding reduces the time you’ve got to recognise and deal with the idiocy of other drivers.

Speeding also reduces the time you’ve got to recognise and deal with the idiocy of speed cameras.

Tenpoints 6:16 pm 03 Apr 13

Spitfire3 said :

Speeding reduces the time you’ve got to recognise and deal with the idiocy of other drivers.

Speeding also increases the kinetic energy (exponentially) that you bring to the accident which you failed to avoid, because you were speeding. Blood and gore all round!

Until someone figures out a way to police inattentiveness without privacy/big brother/nanny state protests, then speeding will continue to be the number one traffic infringement by statistics.

Spitfire3 6:02 pm 03 Apr 13

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Spitfire3 6:00 pm 03 Apr 13

Speeding reduces the time you’ve got to recognise and deal with the idiocy of other drivers.

Of course the coppers should also target other forms of driver idiocy. But the fact that it’s easier to target speeding simply means taxpayers is getting better bang for their buck.

bundah 5:22 pm 03 Apr 13

p1 said :

bundah said :

I have been subjected to abysmal driving for 40 years now and most of those were not speeding.

Maybe if you practice, and concentrate a little, you will get better at it?

Boom-tish! If only i could be so disciplined.Are you available for lessons?

gungsuperstar 5:21 pm 03 Apr 13

Felix the Cat said :

Speeders are just easy targets, not neccessarily poor or dangerous drivers. Not saying that because I got a speeding fine either, haven’t had one in years. Police ought to target bad driving in general, like using mobile phone while driving, failing to give way, running orange and red traffic lights, unsecured loads and the list goes on. And on.

Bare with me here….

Sometimes speeders are very good drivers – the ones that are never caught are generally the best drivers. Why? Because speed cameras in the ACT are never in covert locations. So the best drivers – the careful, attentive drivers – will see any speed camera long before they’re in range.

Any speeder who gets caught deserves the fine, and can never claim to be a great driver who got unlucky – because by definition, you aren’t a good driver. You weren’t paying close enough attention to what was in front of you, which is why you didn’t see the speed camera.

p1 4:59 pm 03 Apr 13

bundah said :

I have been subjected to abysmal driving for 40 years now and most of those were not speeding.

Maybe if you practice, and concentrate a little, you will get better at it?

harvyk1 4:07 pm 03 Apr 13

Rollersk8r said :

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

So if the Police issued 593 fines how many did the fixed cameras and vans issue? Eleventy billion? And how many cautions did the cameras and vans issue? None?

A more useful stat would be one which shows how many accidents are caused by speed alone, in other words because the car was doing 110km/h rather than 100km/h with no other factor involved (outside some trigger event such as a car pulling out) vs accidents which are caused by one of the numerous other factors which are not targeted / placed into the too hard basket.

Rollersk8r 3:29 pm 03 Apr 13

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

So if the Police issued 593 fines how many did the fixed cameras and vans issue? Eleventy billion? And how many cautions did the cameras and vans issue? None?

Aeek 2:53 pm 03 Apr 13

harvyk1 said :

and hope these other problems go away.

If we replaced all the roads with canals, then all the driving problems would go away. Except for parking.

bundah 2:53 pm 03 Apr 13

Supt. Flower says that those who willfully speed were gambling with their own lives, the lives of other drivers and passengers, and the lives of children, pedestrians and cyclists.Clearly a sweeping generalisation given that there are so many aspects to speeding eg. location,time of day,actual speed above limit,volume of traffic,visibility etc.

Excessive speed when obviously inappropriate due to circumstances that make it unsafe is the real problem not someone travelling a little above the limit when there is little to no traffic about.I have been subjected to abysmal driving for 40 years now and most of those were not speeding.

An example of idiocy today was i observed two females approx 30mins apart driving towards me,one of whom crossed to my side of the road,they were both looking down at their laps,clearly texting.This is see all too often and they are far more dangerous than anyone exceeding the speed limit by a small margin.

Remove the SPEED KILLS signs and replace them with STUPIDITY KILLS!

harvyk1 1:56 pm 03 Apr 13

johnboy said :

Speeders are clearly poor drivers because they can’t control the speed of their car.

A task that can be completed with one foot! And beyond them!

Yes but what Felix is saying is that speeders are easy to target, but form only one facet of dangerous driving.

Speed in itself is not necessarily more dangerous than inattention, illegal overtaking, fatigue, and tailgating/

Yes speed is a factor in a good number of accidents, but so the other factors which for the most part are relatively ignored. Then again you can’t just mount a camera at the side of the road and hope these other problems go away.

NoImRight 1:37 pm 03 Apr 13

Felix the Cat said :

Speeders are just easy targets, not neccessarily poor or dangerous drivers. Not saying that because I got a speeding fine either, haven’t had one in years. Police ought to target bad driving in general, like using mobile phone while driving, failing to give way, running orange and red traffic lights, unsecured loads and the list goes on. And on.

I dont think the concept behind targeting is that all other crimes are ignored. I expect being seen doing any of these things will still involve whatever response is considered appropriate, not just a slight wave of the hand and a wry smile.

johnboy 1:25 pm 03 Apr 13

Speeders are clearly poor drivers because they can’t control the speed of their car.

A task that can be completed with one foot! And beyond them!

Felix the Cat 1:16 pm 03 Apr 13

Speeders are just easy targets, not neccessarily poor or dangerous drivers. Not saying that because I got a speeding fine either, haven’t had one in years. Police ought to target bad driving in general, like using mobile phone while driving, failing to give way, running orange and red traffic lights, unsecured loads and the list goes on. And on.

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