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Citizens ignore constabulary over speeding in school zones

By johnboy - 11 February 2011 14

Already ACT Policing has issued 75 traffic infringement notices (TINS) for speeding offences as part of its Back-to-School campaign.

Over a period of just two days (Monday 7 and Tuesday 8 February), police targeted the all important issue of speeding in school zones.

Traffic Operations Superintendent Mark Colbran said that despite police highlighting an increased presence and focus on speeding drivers in school zones, the initial results indicate people are not heeding these warnings.

“Reducing your speed to 40km/hr provides increased reaction time for a driver and can be the difference between avoiding a collision or worse, hitting a child,” Superintendent Colbran said.

“We don’t want to have these kinds of statistics; we’d prefer to save a life.”

The speed enforcement around school zones is part of ACT Policing’s partnership with the ACT Government. From February 1, ACT Policing’s traffic enforcement focus will be on speeding.

[Courtesy ACT Policing]

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Citizens ignore constabulary over speeding in school zones
Tooks 6:40 pm 12 Feb 11

Mr Gillespie said :

Jethro said :

Good to see the usual mob are out justifying their failure to comply with basic traffic laws. They’re school zones we are talking about… they go for 2 or 3 hundred metres, at best. How hard is it to slow the f*** down for 30 seconds of your life?

Jeez you’re touchy. “How hard is it to slow the f*** down”? People who don’t like the Government’s revenue-raising are classed as a “mob”??

Jim Jones said :

……………Take my foot off the accelerator? Are you mad?

I could ask you how do you cope keeping your eyes on the speedometer instead of the road where the kids run about all the time, hm?

If you’re unable to drive attentively while knowing your speed, you should hand back your license.
So, what you’re saying is, you need to be skilled at holding the needle at 40, while at the same time watching for little kiddies darting about, is a requirement to hold a driver’s licence?

So tell me……how do you hold the needle at 40? With cruise control? Not everyone has cruise control or are you suggesting that be a requirement for holding a licence?

Or am I just “justifying failure to comply with basic traffic laws” again??

You are an absolute nutter. Please hand in your licence and seek psychiatric help.

Mr Gillespie 11:57 am 12 Feb 11

Jethro said :

Good to see the usual mob are out justifying their failure to comply with basic traffic laws. They’re school zones we are talking about… they go for 2 or 3 hundred metres, at best. How hard is it to slow the f*** down for 30 seconds of your life?

Jeez you’re touchy. “How hard is it to slow the f*** down”? People who don’t like the Government’s revenue-raising are classed as a “mob”??

Jim Jones said :

……………Take my foot off the accelerator? Are you mad?

I could ask you how do you cope keeping your eyes on the speedometer instead of the road where the kids run about all the time, hm?

If you’re unable to drive attentively while knowing your speed, you should hand back your license.
So, what you’re saying is, you need to be skilled at holding the needle at 40, while at the same time watching for little kiddies darting about, is a requirement to hold a driver’s licence?

So tell me……how do you hold the needle at 40? With cruise control? Not everyone has cruise control or are you suggesting that be a requirement for holding a licence?

Or am I just “justifying failure to comply with basic traffic laws” again??

dvaey 3:31 am 12 Feb 11

p1 said :

I went past the police booking a person in my local school zone yesterday, around 2pm. Two cop cars, and breathalysers in hand, so clearly a organised deal rather then a random traffic stop.

As suspected… maybe they should be out at 3pm with breathalyzers in-hand.. you know, when there are actually kids out near the street and there is a hieghtened safety risk.

Jethro 7:52 pm 11 Feb 11

Good to see the usual mob are out justifying their failure to comply with basic traffic laws. They’re school zones we are talking about… they go for 2 or 3 hundred metres, at best. How hard is it to slow the f*** down for 30 seconds of your life?

Jim Jones 7:23 pm 11 Feb 11

Mr Gillespie said :

Captain RAAF said :

aidan said :

Captain RAAF said :

I regularly drive through a school zone that for 90% of it’s active time there isn’t a child to be seen for miles!

My heart bleeds. Really. How do you cope with having to take your foot of the accelerator? Does it hurt?

Take my foot off the accelerator? Are you mad?

I could ask you how do you cope keeping your eyes on the speedometer instead of the road where the kids run about all the time, hm?

If you’re unable to drive attentively while knowing your speed, you should hand back your license.

Tooks 5:30 pm 11 Feb 11

dvaey said :

Id be interested to know how many of these 75 notices were issued during the ‘peak’ times of drop-off and pick-up, and how many were issued during the day when no kids were around. I suspect that a number of these tickets would be people used to the national system of school zones only applying during these times.

Does it matter? Kids aren’t just around during peak times anyway. Keep it simple: 40kmh 8a-4p. It takes less than a minute to go through most school zones.

p1 3:46 pm 11 Feb 11

I went past the police booking a person in my local school zone yesterday, around 2pm. Two cop cars, and breathalysers in hand, so clearly a organised deal rather then a random traffic stop.

Mr Gillespie 3:11 pm 11 Feb 11

Captain RAAF said :

aidan said :

Captain RAAF said :

I regularly drive through a school zone that for 90% of it’s active time there isn’t a child to be seen for miles!

My heart bleeds. Really. How do you cope with having to take your foot of the accelerator? Does it hurt?

Take my foot off the accelerator? Are you mad?

I could ask you how do you cope keeping your eyes on the speedometer instead of the road where the kids run about all the time, hm?

dvaey 2:23 pm 11 Feb 11

Id be interested to know how many of these 75 notices were issued during the ‘peak’ times of drop-off and pick-up, and how many were issued during the day when no kids were around. I suspect that a number of these tickets would be people used to the national system of school zones only applying during these times.

Captain RAAF 1:24 pm 11 Feb 11

aidan said :

Captain RAAF said :

I regularly drive through a school zone that for 90% of it’s active time there isn’t a child to be seen for miles!

My heart bleeds. Really. How do you cope with having to take your foot of the accelerator? Does it hurt?

Take my foot off the accelerator? Are you mad?

aidan 1:18 pm 11 Feb 11

Captain RAAF said :

I regularly drive through a school zone that for 90% of it’s active time there isn’t a child to be seen for miles!

My heart bleeds. Really. How do you cope with having to take your foot of the accelerator? Does it hurt?

Captain RAAF 12:23 pm 11 Feb 11

I regularly drive through a school zone that for 90% of it’s active time there isn’t a child to be seen for miles! There is so much open space or fences either side of the road it would take Monty Pythons Sir Lancelot to cover the distance quick enough for me to run them over!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DPXG4pdPj4w

Holden Caulfield 11:59 am 11 Feb 11

I noticed the installation of some plastic speed-bump style distratctions outside the Cooperative School on Macpherson St in O’Connor. Presumably other schools have got them too. They look temporary, I wonder if they will remain during school holidays?

Lin 11:49 am 11 Feb 11

I really wish they would adopt the NSW strategy here, with the flashing lights at the start and end of the school zone when the speed limit is active. I am one of those people who will yell profanities at drivers I observe speeding through school zones, but I’d be a hypocrit if I said I’d never done it when I got distracted and didn’t see the sign. I’m also not sure if it’s useful to slow traffic down all day instead of just at drop off and pick up times.

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