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Heads Up (and don’t crash)

By che - 4 April 2007 28

ABC Online have this little bit on ACT traffic police targetting mobile phone use whilst driving over Easter and that double demerit points come into force from midnight tonight.

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“VY “117km/h ticking over at 1900rpm”, add “…and using 5litres/100km” and you would be very close to driving a Golf TDI. “

At that speed on the freeway the V8 is chewing well under 9l/100km, typically closer to 8.

simbo 9:27 am 06 Apr 07

John, by definition if you had double demerits all the time, then they wouldn’t be double – they’d be the standard rate.

And in answer to the question “is it more dangerous on the roads during double demerits times” – well, yes. Being public holidays, there are way more people out on the highways, often for much longer drives, than there usually are. Anybody who remembers the 80’s news, which regualrly had the Easter road toll and the christmas road toll broadcast, should be able to remember this kinda thing.

Ah, the 80’s, when I feared dying in a car accident, from AIDS or from being nuked. Such an innocent childhood…

Hasdrubahl 9:22 pm 05 Apr 07

But aquaplaning is such fun!

seepi 8:25 pm 05 Apr 07

The speed limits are designed for fair-average weather. Drivers are supposed to slow down in the rain.

andy 6:00 pm 05 Apr 07

caf – was that a storm at the start of february on the 10th(early in the morning, around 430am)
Cause i also experienced that. It’s the only time i’ve ever felt the need to pull over.
i couldn’t see past the bonnet, and people STILL kept flyin past at 110K.

caf 5:30 pm 05 Apr 07

Maelinar, I don’t think that’s true – to give one example, I’ve encountered weather on the F3 freeway that it definitely wasn’t appropriate to do the posted 110km/h in.

Ingeegoodbee 5:16 pm 05 Apr 07

…and before all you greenie sh!tbags start, yes it sees plenty of use off road for work and I do have a bumper sticker that read’s “I’m Helping Change the Climate”

Ingeegoodbee 5:14 pm 05 Apr 07

Public holiday double-demerit points usually mean that I make some extra effort to stick to the speed limit – the added bonus is that fuel consumption goes down a bit too – I’ve managed better than 9.8lt/100km on longer trips, not shabby for a 2.5-odd tonne 4WD.

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