Skip to content Skip to main navigation

News

Skilled legal advice with
accessible & personal attention

Increase in unmarked police cars?

By Ava - 19 March 2008 59

In my travels to and from work this week I have seen 3 different unmarked police cars (aka mobile undercover speed cameras). There has been a lime green XR8, a ‘kermit’ green falcon with standard police car lights on the roof (probably xr6/8) and a black Toyota Land Cruiser, all pulled up on the side of the road, lights flashing, handing out various traffic infringements. In the same period I have seen only 1 standard police car.

What do you enlightened ones here at The RiotAct think of this? Would you regard this as a greater deterrent or a more efficient means of revenue raising?

What’s Your opinion?


Please login to post your comments, or connect with
59 Responses to
Increase in unmarked police cars?
Filter
Showing only Website comments
Order
Newest to Oldest
Oldest to Newst
farq 9:57 am 19 Jan 09

Fluges said :

When I was driving taxis in the 1970’s, one ACT policeman booked me 5 nights in a row. I made the mistake of arguing with him the first time, so he pinged me for the next 4 nights for imaginary traffic offenses. In those days, there were only taxis and police cars on the roads after 2am, Civic was deserted and it was easy for him to target one particular cab. Once, when he booked me for going through a green light, I had a passenger who argued black and blue with him that the light wasn’t red and the copper threatened to charge him with something too if he didn’t shut up.

Another time, two motorcycle cops pulled me up in Civic and detained me for 2 hours for some alleged offense in Kambah earlier in the evening. While we waited for the Kambah cop to turn up, they spent the whole time menacing me and joking to each other about how fast they’d riden down particular streets. I had to stand up outside the car, I wasn’t allowed to sit down, and when the Kambah cop eventually arrived and said they’d got the wrong bloke, they wrote me a ticket for not wearing a seat belt, even though I had been wearing one.

Pigs still get away with this sort of behaviour.

farnarkler 5:01 am 19 Jan 09

Grubz re post 41, there are files in AG’s called ‘Letters to the Attorney-General from irrational people’ full of letters from people like you. 🙂

As for more unmarked cop cars, good. If idiots on the roads want to speed, tailgate, run red lights, etc and get caught then too bad and I hope it costs you money and points.

Pandy 10:49 pm 18 Jan 09

Well bigred, do sus scrofa domesticus read The-Rioact?

bigred 10:42 pm 18 Jan 09

Wonder if the ute will get the lancer on GDE sometime over the next few days?

ant 10:35 pm 18 Jan 09

Booking people for not indicating when leaving roundabouts? About damn time! Maybe the vast army of idiots who indicate right while they are exiting might perhaps get the message. Maybe. They’re the reason roundabouts don’t flow. Everyone has to wait and watch to see who is actually exiting before they can enter.

Very happy to hear the cops are after these twits.

imhotep 10:10 pm 18 Jan 09

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_they_all_copy said :

V8…” got a few (not that many) as a younger man. On every occasion I was polite (where does smartmouthing a cop get you anyway?), and they wrote out the tickets anyway.

Yes, that’s been my experience too, although my (much better looking) wife usually gets a caution. Why not be polite anyway? Do the crime, pay the fine.

I agree that a constant presence of the odd unmarked cars is a much better deterrent than occasional ‘blitzes’ and fixed cameras. The things you see people do in this town…

Most people that get pulled over who are not going excessively over (i.e.20k’s or more)the limit and have a polite and respectful attitude are likely to get an official caution.

This is completely inconsistent with my experiences. I haven’t had a ticket for a while, but got a few (not that many) as a younger man. On every occasion I was polite (where does smartmouthing a cop get you anyway?), and they wrote out the tickets anyway. None of the tickets were anything more than simply cruising along at 10-20km/h above the speed limit. I’m not particularly concerned about some speeding tickets, however, and I hope Proud Local’s attitude is that of the newer officers. Most of the older ones I’ve dealt with (including for reasons other than getting a tickets!) have been total c0ckbags.

Oh, and I’m a big fan of having marked police cars on the roads. I don’t think the occasional undercover blitz changes bad behaviours on our roads, but having regular presence gives the impression that we are, in fact, being supervised.

Ari 8:57 pm 18 Jan 09

Yeah, he did a runner, didn’t he?

Deckard 7:03 pm 18 Jan 09

Ari said :

I think I know that bloke, he drives an ordinary “attack ship”, but last I saw it was on fire off the shoulder of Orion St.

That’s the guy. I think he’s been retired now.

DJ 6:40 pm 18 Jan 09

ogre583 said :

has anyone seen shiny black unmarked Holden SS Ute with the rollbar. That is a nice car. It was following my mate for about 10 or 15 minutes around southside and eventually booked him for not indicating out of a roundabout. $140 and 2 demerit points. That is really crap. Nice car but…

How hard is it to indicate?

DJ 6:40 pm 18 Jan 09

Hasdrubahl said :

If I’m flagged down by a crumbum in a Hi-lux wearing jeans and a checked shirt from Target, how do I know he’s a real cop and not just some gangsta?

Do gangstas wear checked shirts from Target?

As for the original post… Ava, you’re a wanker “aka mobile undercover speed cameras” are you serious?

Ari 6:07 pm 18 Jan 09

Deckard said :

What type of car does your mate drive?

Hey Deckard, I think I know that bloke, he drives an ordinary “attack ship”, but last I saw it was on fire off the shoulder of Orion St.

Deckard 5:50 pm 18 Jan 09

What type of car does your mate drive?

Jeez that Headbonius was a nice guy!!

ogre583 3:02 pm 18 Jan 09

has anyone seen shiny black unmarked Holden SS Ute with the rollbar. That is a nice car. It was following my mate for about 10 or 15 minutes around southside and eventually booked him for not indicating out of a roundabout. $140 and 2 demerit points. That is really crap. Nice car but…

Headbonius 9:14 am 19 May 08

Dear Ant, please tell me what business you run. I may need your services. It may also provide me with some amusement if your little yappy dog bites me and I can kick it in the head hopefully causing some type of fatal brain aneurism.

el 11:59 pm 18 May 08

as the idiots know the road rules and stop breaking them when cops are around!

…And that’s probably the most frustrating part of it.

ant 11:29 pm 18 May 08

Unmarked cars are the only way the cops in Canberra are going to get teh idiots, as the idiots know the road rules and stop breaking them when cops are around!

bigred 10:37 pm 18 May 08

Saw an unmarked white Rodeo pull over some car on the parkway tonight. Loked like the standard tradies ute from Gungahlin or west Belco!!!

grubz 12:33 am 14 Apr 08

Proud Local… can u tell me why im being followed by undercovers?
could it be that im under surveillance.. lol.. if so yous are wasting ur time???..lol

Related Articles

CBR Tweets

Sign up to our newsletter

Top
Copyright © 2018 Riot ACT Holdings Pty Ltd. All rights reserved.
www.the-riotact.com | www.b2bmagazine.com.au | www.thisiscanberra.com

Search across the site