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High speed German autos seized

By johnboy - 28 March 2012 62

ACT Policing has seized two vehicles after they were detected travelling at over 160km/h along Belconnen Way yesterday (March 27) afternoon.

Around 4pm, ACT Policing Traffic Operations members were undertaking laser speed checks on Belconnen Way, Aranda when they saw a black Mercedes E500 and an Audi S3 travelling side-by-side at speed.

The officers conducted speed checks and detected the Mercedes, driven by a 31-year-old Melba man, travelling at 170km/h, 90km/h over the speed limit. The Audi, driven by a 34-year-old Greenway man was detected at 165km/h, 85 km/h over the speed limit.

Police were able to stop both vehicles on Caswell Drive, Aranda where the officers identified the drivers and seized the vehicles.

Sergeant Rod Anderson from Traffic Operations said that this type of behaviour is disturbing and the drivers clearly didn’t think about their personal safety and the safety of other road-users.

“This type of behaviour is reckless and highly dangerous. With the speed the vehicles were travelling at, the chances of a fatal collision occurring are high.

“The roads in the ACT are not race tracks. If people are caught driving in this manner their vehicle will be seized and the matter referred to court,” Sergeant Anderson said.

Both men will face the ACT Magistrates Court at a later date, charged with furious, reckless, dangerous driving and organise, promote, take part in a race.

[Courtesy ACT Policing]

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High speed German autos seized
Ben_Dover 6:07 pm 28 Mar 12

harvyk1 said :

Funny enough, wrapping a merc around a tree at 160km/h does a similar amount of bad to the driver as wrapping a commy around a tree at 160km/h.

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Which would be the best to be in if, while doing 160 kmph, an irate Aranda resident with young kids lobbed half a brick at the windscreen?

Just asking. For referrence, you understand.

Deref 5:39 pm 28 Mar 12

How TF do those whippersnappers afford cars like that?

harvyk1 5:27 pm 28 Mar 12

Solidarity said :

Ah, no. Mercs are way better built, you can feel it when you close the doors and drive the things.

This is coming from a white V8 Commodore owner…

What does a car being better built have to do with the forces being applied to one’s body during a sudden and violent deceleration from 160km/h to 0km/h?

Let’s assume that the car wrapped itself around the tree without bouncing off (eg a true car wrapped around tree situation). Now at 160km/h you’re doing roughly 44m/s. Thus to get the car to stop in roughly the 1 meter of give which a crumple zone is likely to allow (and that is being generious) the whole accident is over in approx 22 milliseconds. As an aside it takes an airbag between 15 and 30 milliseconds to deploy. Now during this time you will have approx 98g’s of g-force being applied to your body. Any g-force over 50g is likely to be fatal.

Just as an aside, a car doing only 100km/h in such an accident would take 37 milliseconds to decellerate, pretty much within the 30 milliseconds it takes for an airbag to deploy, coincidence?

Now whilst I’m not a mathematician (as such feel free to pull my numbers apart), I’m pretty sure these formulas’s work in the same way regardless of the car you chose to drive.

The Traineediplomat 5:26 pm 28 Mar 12

Woohoo Northside FTW (Melba beats Greenway!)

p1 5:13 pm 28 Mar 12

HenryBG said :

The Merc is far less likely to end up wrapped around a tree than the Oz/Jap-crap white Commodore is.

Do Holden Commadores have any more Jap parts then the average Merc these day? This is a weird comment?

devils_advocate 4:59 pm 28 Mar 12

Solidarity said :

Ah, no. Mercs are way better built, you can feel it when you close the doors and drive the things.

Especially the E500’s, those things are tanks. And they generally have a higher standard of electronic intervention devices which reduces the likelihood and severity of impacts when you have a big “lose”. Which, of course, makes it ok.

A3, not so much. I mean still better than a commo but not the same tank-like qualities.

HenryBG 4:56 pm 28 Mar 12

harvyk1 said :

p1 said :

They cared enough about their safety to by very well made cars, rather then doing the same thing in white Commodores of unknown pedigree.

Funny enough, wrapping a merc around a tree at 160km/h does a similar amount of bad to the driver as wrapping a commy around a tree at 160km/h.

Airbags \ seatbelts and crumple zones only go so far in protecting the driver from an almost instant deceleration.

Not to mention that a merc running into another car will do a similar amount of bad to the other innocent driver as a commy running into another car.

However watching a merc getting crushed would probably be far more soul destroying for the owner (who would most likely still need to pay out their lease and the balloon at the end) compared to the owner of a shitbox.

The Merc is far less likely to end up wrapped around a tree than the Oz/Jap-crap white Commodore is.

Having said that, I recall the Russian family that was wiped out one night on Bowen Drive. They were in a Merc. The tree that took them out was actually removed about 2 years ago – “end of an era”, I thought to myself.

p1 4:24 pm 28 Mar 12

harvyk1 said :

Funny enough, wrapping a merc around a tree at 160km/h does a similar amount of bad to the driver as wrapping a commy around a tree at 160km/h.

While my comment was certainly not meant to be taken very seriously, the merc would be much better when it comes to making a sudden stop or swerve then the average commodore (especially at 160km/h), therefore somewhat less likely to hit said tree.

harvyk1 said :

However watching a merc getting crushed would probably be far more soul destroying for the owner (who would most likely still need to pay out their lease and the balloon at the end) compared to the owner of a shitbox.

True. Raises interesting questions about proportionality of punishments which are dollar value based.

Solidarity 4:13 pm 28 Mar 12

harvyk1 said :

p1 said :

They cared enough about their safety to by very well made cars, rather then doing the same thing in white Commodores of unknown pedigree.

Funny enough, wrapping a merc around a tree at 160km/h does a similar amount of bad to the driver as wrapping a commy around a tree at 160km/h.

Ah, no. Mercs are way better built, you can feel it when you close the doors and drive the things.

This is coming from a white V8 Commodore owner…

harvyk1 4:03 pm 28 Mar 12

p1 said :

They cared enough about their safety to by very well made cars, rather then doing the same thing in white Commodores of unknown pedigree.

Funny enough, wrapping a merc around a tree at 160km/h does a similar amount of bad to the driver as wrapping a commy around a tree at 160km/h.

Airbags \ seatbelts and crumple zones only go so far in protecting the driver from an almost instant deceleration.

Not to mention that a merc running into another car will do a similar amount of bad to the other innocent driver as a commy running into another car.

However watching a merc getting crushed would probably be far more soul destroying for the owner (who would most likely still need to pay out their lease and the balloon at the end) compared to the owner of a shitbox.

p1 3:03 pm 28 Mar 12

2.0 said :

What exactly is ‘furious driving’? is that now a reference from Fast and the Furious

Yup,

HenryBG said :

Solidarity said :

Guess the Merc won then.

Sounds pretty official to me.

In writing from the Police is pretty official. It will even stand up in court.

Sergeant Rod Anderson from Traffic Operations said that this type of behaviour is disturbing and the drivers clearly didn’t think about their personal safety and the safety of other road-users.

They cared enough about their safety to by very well made cars, rather then doing the same thing in white Commodores of unknown pedigree.

HenryBG 2:40 pm 28 Mar 12

Solidarity said :

Guess the Merc won then.

Sounds pretty official to me.

2.0 2:33 pm 28 Mar 12

Both men will face the ACT Magistrates Court at a later date, charged with furious, reckless, dangerous driving and organise, promote, take part in a race.

What exactly is ‘furious driving’? is that now a reference from Fast and the Furious

Holden Caulfield 2:32 pm 28 Mar 12

Ouch!

Goons.

Solidarity 2:10 pm 28 Mar 12

Guess the Merc won then.

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