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Creative police beat the airport traffic

ant 5 October 2007 23

Yesterday morning, heading into Canberra from the East, I was coming down the hill and looking at the airport spread out before me.
Lately, the cops have been hanging around Fairbairn a lot. I think they have some kind of facility there. And on this occasion, as I trundled past the dying arboretum, there was a cop car hoping to enter the traffic on Pialligo Ave, from Fairbairn (the old RAAF base). Sitting there, waiting for a gap to make his right turn.

Well, he had buckley’s. Heavy nose to tail traffic in both directions, as normal, and it would become a mobile carpark closer to the airport entrance. Sucko, thought I. Enjoy the daily traffic.

Well, the police evidently felt a sudden need to be moving again, because suddenly their lights lit up, the siren started, and they moved out onto the road heading back towards Canberra. Fascinated, I watched as they wove around traffic that was pulling over for them, wondering how long it would work for, and they disappeared.

Can I get me some of those lights and a siren at Supercheap Auto?


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Deckard Deckard 8:34 pm 01 Feb 11

Savagestar said :

I have lived in Brisbane, Gold Coast, Wagga and Albury and they are considerate drivers. Canberra drivers……. what can I say, full of importance, do nothing but complain, cant merge and don’t know how to use roundabout’s, must be the public servant.

Ha!!! Public Servants.

Good one!!!

Tooks Tooks 6:41 pm 01 Feb 11

vg said :

Someone should go back to Oct 4, 2007, find out who the driver was and have them sacked. What an outrage!!! I said OUTRAGE!!!

OUT……..RAGE!!!

It is definitely up there with the most outrageous incidents in 2007.

vg vg 5:34 pm 01 Feb 11

Someone should go back to Oct 4, 2007, find out who the driver was and have them sacked. What an outrage!!! I said OUTRAGE!!!

OUT……..RAGE!!!

dvaey dvaey 3:17 pm 01 Feb 11

Mike Crowther said :

I doubt that he activated his lights and siren because he got tired of waiting. Had he done so and had an accident in the process, he would be in deep, DEEP shit.

I dont think he put his lights on as he was pulling out, my reading is that he got impatient, turned the lights on then waited for the traffic to let him in having seen his flashing red and blues.

hingo_VRCalaisV6 said :

I don’t understand how everyone has to be a greedy asshole. If someone took 5 seconds to let this copper in, I wouldn’t be wasting 5 mins of my life reading and replying to this stupid fucking article.

Maybe you lack an understanding of the road rules. If youre travelling along a road, and there is a road that joins at a T intersection, any traffic that comes to a stop has to give way to traffic already travelling at speed. The fact that the driver is a police officer doesnt change the fact that he was at a give way and had no right of way until the traffic had cleared. Failing to slow down to let a vehicle enter from a give way or stop sign, is hardly an offence or even hardly rude, its just the way traffic works.

I cant say Ive ever seen this trick used at a junction as described, but I have seen it done numerous times at a red light. The vehicle pulls up at the hold line, waits for a few seconds, turns the lights/sirens on, crosses the red light then lights/sirens off on the other side. Maybe I see it more often because I live only a couple of hundred meters from an arterial road with traffic lights, and a police station.

Bane Bane 12:49 pm 01 Feb 11

Special G said :

How is this even newsworthy.

I saw a Police car. It had its lights on. Wowee, woopty f-ing do.

Why would it need to be newsworthy? This isn’t an exclusive news site…pretty sure Ant just jumped up on the advertised “online soapbox” and said what he wanted to say

And although he may have jumped to the conclusion that this particular cop was abusing his powers, I happen to agree that cops shouldn’t do that, and that many of them do (as evidenced by those who turn on their lights for only a few seconds while they pass through a red light – if it’s an emergency, keep the lights on all the time). And they’re hardly wasting taxpayer dollars by sitting in traffic, since, you know, crime can happen anywhere. That cop sitting in traffic may have prevented someone nearby overreacting at being cut off and starting a road rage incident (like Ant maybe, after he saw the cop abusing his power 😛 )

Savagestar Savagestar 12:00 pm 01 Feb 11

I have lived in Brisbane, Gold Coast, Wagga and Albury and they are considerate drivers. Canberra drivers……. what can I say, full of importance, do nothing but complain, cant merge and don’t know how to use roundabout’s, must be the public servant.

hingo_VRCalaisV6 hingo_VRCalaisV6 9:58 am 09 Oct 07

Where I came from, its common courtesy to let someone in if there are no breaks in the traffic. Thats what helps traffic flow. If you grow up in the country, you learn how to drive with some manners. I do it often and people appreciate it. Obviously Cameron and ant are too hung up on trying to be assholes to care about anyone else.

Cameron Cameron 11:23 pm 08 Oct 07

I too call bullshit on the “slow down and let them in” routine – I have never seen someone do that, nor should they. Right of way, great when you have it, annoying when you don’t.

As for the cop using his siren, I’d rather he did that and be available to you know, police the city, rather than sit in traffic.

ant ant 5:53 pm 08 Oct 07

I’m quite sure the authors of all the venemous replies here would have been jumping over themselves to let the cop into the traffic! It’s plain to see that they save their venom for the ‘net, and are model citizens on the roads.

So, if you see a cop, or any other public official misusing their power for gain, you’d give them the thumbs-up? And there’s no way such events are news. You’re quite right.

And for the vicious little nasties who think everyone drives like they do, the cop did indeed hop into the very large gap I’d left. He fired up his lights to get across the NSW-bound lane.

hingo_VRCalaisV6 hingo_VRCalaisV6 10:06 am 08 Oct 07

Wow nice news article. Why didn’t you call ACA and get them to launch their own independant investigation? This is outrageous!

I don’t understand how everyone has to be a greedy asshole. If someone took 5 seconds to let this copper in, I wouldn’t be wasting 5 mins of my life reading and replying to this stupid fucking article.

Mobsta Mobsta 11:07 pm 07 Oct 07

There is a field next to the airport that the cops train their dogs, forensic team, etc.

It’s just a training oval basically as far as I know…

Special G Special G 10:07 pm 07 Oct 07

Get your hand off it Mikey. Where else do people slow down to let others in. Load of crap.

The most courteous drivers I’ve ever seen was on the South Island of New Zealand.

b2 b2 3:56 pm 07 Oct 07

maybe he got a call on the old radio and had to go somewhere. maybe there an accident had just happened somewhere. so he used he flashed his lights and no one knows why, who gives a shit. chances are they were doing their job.
And as to why the cops were at Fairbairn, maybe just maybe its because the ESA hq is there.

mikey mikey 9:01 am 07 Oct 07

Gee, imagine what would have happened if someone had just slowed down for a second or two and let them join the traffic. Pretty much what drivers around Australia seem capable of most days, except here in Canberra.

KevinPepper KevinPepper 6:52 pm 06 Oct 07

The airport traffic is a complete disgrace to Canberra. I spent six months working at f***ing Brindabella Business Park. Everyday involved fighting massive traffic jams. That was on top of the outrageous $6 per day parking fees for parking out in the middle of nowhere.

The anti competitive airport cronies only have themselves to blame for this mess. What did they expect would happen after reclessly building all those new office buildings before the building of adequate roads? Canberra is now paying for their corporate greed. Here’s hoping they lose that lawsuit trying prevent rival developments in Fyshwick. Anti competetive bastards!

Mike Crowther Mike Crowther 6:23 pm 06 Oct 07

Well, we don’t know why he was going where he was going. Perhaps it wasn’t urgent when he started out, but became so in the interim. I doubt that he activated his lights and siren because he got tired of waiting. Had he done so and had an accident in the process, he would be in deep, DEEP shit. Not worth one’s job I would have thought. Sometimes you just have to trust that public servants are doing their jobs and not try to micro-manage them (any more than they already are.)

Mobsta Mobsta 5:00 pm 06 Oct 07

Oh come on seriously! What if he actually did get an emergency call that required lights and sirens??

Even if that wasn’t the case, i’m sure you’d do the same if you were a cop…hell I know I would! and hey at least its one less car that will block the traffic near the airport!

el ......VNBerlinaV8 el ......VNBerlinaV8 11:29 am 06 Oct 07

Indeed – And here I was thinking that this was a mature photography discussion forum!

Sammy Sammy 8:17 am 06 Oct 07

OMFG! This is a news item. Holy crap RiotACT is becoming ridiculous. Why don’t the powers-that-be just replace the site with forum software, and be done with it.

jemmy jemmy 8:02 am 06 Oct 07

Police have to have a reason to use lights or siren. It increases the danger to other road-users.

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