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For February it’s speeding

By johnboy 5 February 2013 33

ACT Policing will be targeting speeding motorists during the month of February 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.

Acting Traffic Operations Superintendent Rod Anderson said drivers who willfully speed were playing Russian roulette with their own lives, the lives of other drivers and passengers, and the lives of children, pedestrians and cyclists.

“The fact is many fatal and serious traffic crashes that occur on Canberra roads each year are directly attributable to motorists who exceed the posted speed limit,” Acting Superintendent Anderson said.

“Speeding reduces the time drivers have to react and avoid crashes, their ability to control the vehicle and lengthens stopping distances, increasing both the likelihood of crashing and the severity of the crash outcome.

“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.”

ACT Police officers issued 7,128 Traffic Infringement Notices (TINs) for speeding in 2012. Some 112 TINs were issued to drivers caught exceeding the speed limit by more than 45km/h.

“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,” Sergeant Anderson said.

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

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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Alderney 8:56 am 07 Feb 13

poetix said :

Jim Jones said :

“The action of gravitational acceleration also most definitely involuntary, jump off a bridge and see what happens”

Here’s a handy tip: the pedal on the left is called a ‘brake’ and it slows you down.

Well, for some of us the pedal on the left is called a ‘clutch’, but we’re undeniably the clever ones.

Beat me to it poetix.

Mav 6:47 am 07 Feb 13

Mav said :

All the police have to do is is setup RADAR traps on Yamba Dve and Adelaide Ave between 05:30 and 08:00 and they would catch loads of speeding motorists.

Well something tells me that the police are reading these forums cause for the first time there was a RADAR trap on Adelaide Ave early this morning. 🙂 Bikes and car, well done. Now hit Yamba Drive cause most mornings it is like a scene from Mad Max.

Evil_Kitten 2:08 am 07 Feb 13

bundah said :

johnboy said :

Speeding is generally indicative of poor driving, and easy to quantify.

Yes leadfoots. You are bad drivers.

Far too simplistic JB for some of the most incompetent clueless drivers on the road often drive below the speed limit.I back that up having amassed almost 4 million kms in 38 years of driving so i’ve seen and experienced plenty!

So true, and have you ever noticed how HAPPY everyone is when everyone’s all doing the limit or slightly over and traffic is flowing nicely – then compare it to when one of those ‘under the limit’ people are there and everyone is pissed off and trying to get around them and having to brake and… well generally, they just stuff it all up.

If it’s two lanes, they’ll usually be the ones sitting in the right lane too. Because they have to turn in 5kms.

Oblivious drivers suck a lot more than speeding drivers. No, not that kind of suck.

poetix 10:19 pm 06 Feb 13

Jim Jones said :

“The action of gravitational acceleration also most definitely involuntary, jump off a bridge and see what happens”

Here’s a handy tip: the pedal on the left is called a ‘brake’ and it slows you down.

Well, for some of us the pedal on the left is called a ‘clutch’, but we’re undeniably the clever ones.

bigred 10:12 pm 06 Feb 13

still waiting for fog light month

milkman 9:07 pm 06 Feb 13

Jim Jones said :

Holden Caulfield said :

And yet, too many drivers think that all it takes to be a safe driver is to stick at or below an arbitrary number on a sign post.

Yes, clearly lots and lots of people believe this … because you said so, so it’s totally true.

Careful Jimbo, we wouldn’t want that high horse of yours to throw you off!

Jono 6:17 pm 06 Feb 13

Tetranitrate said :

..it is almost invariably…

Sorry – the speed cameras in Canberra are not “almost invariably” placed on downhills, no matter how you try to reword it. The fact that you feel that your argument can only be maintained by hyperbole is an implicit admission of its weakness.

Tetranitrate said :

The action of gravitational acceleration also most definitely involuntary, jump off a bridge and see what happens.

And here you clearly don’t comprehend the difference between driving a car and jumping off a bridge. If I jump off a bridge I don’t have brakes available to slow me down.

c_c™ 6:11 pm 06 Feb 13

Has to be said that the government has undermined their own efforts with some of the decisions they’ve made. Take the GDE, they publicly admit it’s a road built for 100lm/h or greater speeds. They make it 80, then increase it to 90, both speeds set not based on road safety but as an effort to minimise road noise to nearby residents. And they wonder why everyone does 100 along their anyway.

Jono 5:56 pm 06 Feb 13

Tetranitrate said :

Nope, none of those fit the bill. If you’ve got numbers on accidents that support your case please share them, cause srsly: If people hitting 5km/h or so over the limit on the downside of hills is so dangerous, where are the accidents?

You’re not a politician are you? I asked a simple question, and you answered a completely different one. What is the problem with placing speed cameras on downhills? The posted speed limit still applies. A competent driver who’s concentrating on their driving will stay within the law. What’s the issue?

Tetranitrate 12:32 pm 06 Feb 13

Jim Jones said :

“The action of gravitational acceleration also most definitely involuntary, jump off a bridge and see what happens”

Here’s a handy tip: the pedal on the left is called a ‘brake’ and it slows you down.

Really? you don’t say!

Jim Jones 12:23 pm 06 Feb 13

Solidarity said :

You drive to the conditions. Sometimes it may be acceptable to drive above the speed limit. You’ve got to think for yourself, unfortunately too many people don’t see it this way. There are several people, right now, traveling above the speed limit on this clear and sunny Wednesday on roads where there are little or no traffic. Nothing wrong with that. Anyone who argues otherwise can stick to a bus.

That’s why they’re called road laws, because essentially you can ignore them if you reckon you know better.

Solidarity 12:16 pm 06 Feb 13

You drive to the conditions. Sometimes it may be acceptable to drive above the speed limit. You’ve got to think for yourself, unfortunately too many people don’t see it this way. There are several people, right now, traveling above the speed limit on this clear and sunny Wednesday on roads where there are little or no traffic. Nothing wrong with that. Anyone who argues otherwise can stick to a bus.

Alderney 11:13 am 06 Feb 13

Mav said :

All the police have to do is is setup RADAR traps on Yamba Dve and Adelaide Ave between 05:30 and 08:00 and they would catch loads of speeding motorists.

It’s the pulling them all over bit with which they have logistical dificulties.

Jim Jones 11:12 am 06 Feb 13

“The action of gravitational acceleration also most definitely involuntary, jump off a bridge and see what happens”

Here’s a handy tip: the pedal on the left is called a ‘brake’ and it slows you down.

Watson 10:52 am 06 Feb 13

If you cannot control your urge to exceed the marked speed limit – even if only to avoid getting caught – you cannot be trusted to adequately control your car.

Jim Jones 10:40 am 06 Feb 13

Holden Caulfield said :

And yet, too many drivers think that all it takes to be a safe driver is to stick at or below an arbitrary number on a sign post.

Yes, clearly lots and lots of people believe this … because you said so, so it’s totally true.

Tetranitrate 10:30 am 06 Feb 13

Jono said :

Tetranitrate said :

… speed cameras are almost invariably placed at the bottom of hills …
… rode the break…
… it’s practically involuntary in the first place …

Sorry – you should look up the words “invariably” and “involuntary”, as they mean nothing even remotely similar to the way that you’re using them here. I have occasionally seen speed cameras on a slope (that’s not “invariably”), and being caught by them is entirely voluntary. A driver who’s concentrating on what they’re doing, and who intends to stay within the road laws will never have an issue with them. And the less said about “rode the break” the better.

Cut the ‘I r intellectual!” act – it is almost invariably. The vast majority of mobile speed cameras are placed in such areas.

The action of gravitational acceleration also most definitely involuntary, jump off a bridge and see what happens.

I’ve asked this question before when people have raised the issue of speed cameras at the bottom of hills before, and I’ve never received a sensible response. Clearly the marked speed limit still applies whether you’re going up a hill or down a hill, and from a safety perspective there’s a clear argument that the effect of gravity will increase stopping distances travelling down a hill, therefore, from a purely safety perspective, there should be more enforcement of speed limits on downhills, shouldn’t there? So what is, in fact, the concern?

-The amount of time in aggregate that cars are actually going to be traveling at a faster speed is fairly small. Given that the faster someone drivers over a given distance or period of time, the more likely a speed related accident, a motorist hitting 5km/hr or so above the speed limit on the way down a hill is pretty insignificant compared to people habitually speeding along the flats of major roads every freaking day, even accepting longer stopping distances going down a hill.
You only need to look at where crashes actually occur to see this.
eg:
http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/insurer-finds-acts-worst-crash-spots-20120822-24mzf.htm

Monaro Highway, Tuggeranong
– completely flat area, a couple of intersections and a lot of bogans who drop 20 k’s for the speed cameras, then go back to what they were doing. Never seen a van on that stretch though – obviously there’re the fixed speed cameras, but they clearly aren’t doing much good.

Canberra Avenue, Fyshwick
-pretty much as the Monaro, though I’ll concede it’s actually policed a bit.

-Commonwealth Avenue, Canberra
the only ‘hill’ here is the bridge over LBG.

-Hindmarsh Drive, Chifley
Chifley section has a couple of uncontrolled intersections, with cars coming tearing to and from the Melrose drive intersection and the Parkway well above the speed limit on a regular basis. People drive like absolute clowns along here, and in peak hour there’s a mad rush to change lanes they approach the parkway. Never seen a speed van there.

-Gundaroo Drive, Gungahlin

Nope, none of those fit the bill. If you’ve got numbers on accidents that support your case please share them, cause srsly: If people hitting 5km/h or so over the limit on the downside of hills is so dangerous, where are the accidents?

Mav 8:42 am 06 Feb 13

All the police have to do is is setup RADAR traps on Yamba Dve and Adelaide Ave between 05:30 and 08:00 and they would catch loads of speeding motorists.

Wanon 1:06 am 06 Feb 13

They’re going to make an absolute motza if they set up along Majura Rd. For some reason they’ve made the 90 zone a 60 zone… There’s no roadworks there and the 60 sign is 24hours…

Jono 10:39 pm 05 Feb 13

Tetranitrate said :

… speed cameras are almost invariably placed at the bottom of hills …
… rode the break…
… it’s practically involuntary in the first place …

Sorry – you should look up the words “invariably” and “involuntary”, as they mean nothing even remotely similar to the way that you’re using them here. I have occasionally seen speed cameras on a slope (that’s not “invariably”), and being caught by them is entirely voluntary. A driver who’s concentrating on what they’re doing, and who intends to stay within the road laws will never have an issue with them. And the less said about “rode the break” the better.

I’ve asked this question before when people have raised the issue of speed cameras at the bottom of hills before, and I’ve never received a sensible response. Clearly the marked speed limit still applies whether you’re going up a hill or down a hill, and from a safety perspective there’s a clear argument that the effect of gravity will increase stopping distances travelling down a hill, therefore, from a purely safety perspective, there should be more enforcement of speed limits on downhills, shouldn’t there? So what is, in fact, the concern?

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