My partner and her workmate were driving home in her workmate’s car (“normal car” – no rice/crab puller, driver has 12pt impeccable record) from Woden to Wanniassa up Athllon dr. After going through the 60kmh zone traffic light on a yellow (just as they arrived at the interesection) an unmarked cop cars light up and pulls them up.
The standard pointless questioning occurs “why didn’t you stop?” etc with no backchat to make it worse.
Cop then preceded to issue a ticket for “failing to stop at yellow signal”, 3 demerit points and $250 fine.
Who else knew that you had to STOP at a yellow in ACT ?
Not *slow*.. not “be aware of other road users at the intersection and proceed throught he intersection at a steady pace” as I was taught by a respected driving instructer.
This seems a great way for
a) easy profitable tickets to be issued and
b) get the smash repairers some more bucks for Canberra’s most popular accy – the rearender.
Of course smart drivers slow at a yellow spotted far off and then pull up and stop to save brakes and tyres, give drivers behind some time to react and let the tyres work better if it’s wet weather or dodgy road surface.
Aside from still hitting the skids at red light camera intersections (thanks $govt$) I won’t be changing my driving style any time soon, my insurance excess and vehicle’s panelwork is fine thanks.