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Jaywalking laws now being enforced?

By johnboy 8 December 2006 22

In the discussion of yesterday’s fatality on Northbourne Avenue Poison Ivy has sent in an interesting snippet:

. . . and today at lunchtime there were two members of the Canberra constabulary vigorously monitoring jaywalkers on this intersection and issuing $51 fines to offenders.

Is this going to be a one-off or part of a broader enforcement campaign??

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farq 1:20 pm 11 Dec 06

Last time my car was stolen I was pissed, but the bus ride home helped me calm down.

I had insurance, I had a family car I could borrow, it was not the end of the world.

I’ve got a bit of a bleeding heart (educated by hippies), so I felt sorry for the hoods. Their life is probably shit, living in poverty with no responsible role models to look up to. The incident just made me think about how lucky I have been in life.

On profiling: XD-XF falcons are a dirt cheap car to buy and relatively simple to repair. So besides the fact they are often stolen they are mostly driven by people on the lowest rung of society (I’m not poor, just cheap).

In my experience, people living at the bottom of society are likely to have unpaid fines, therefore likely to have a suspended licence/rego.

I’ll let you put two and two together, but it’s not hard to see why Police target these cars. The chances of catching an unlicensed driver in a old Falcon is better than in a more expensive car.

johnboy 1:11 pm 11 Dec 06

I’ve been publicly told off in Germany for having an open bottle of soft drink next to me.

After 5 minutes of being shouted at unintelligibly in German by an elderly lady a turkish woman intervened and explained that my open drink could attract a bee and for my own good the elderly lady was very concerned that I could drink the bee and get hurt.

My point is that you can get told off in public for just about anything in Germany.

Mind you I’ve been fined in China for sitting on the wrong bit of concrete (the “do not sit on this concrete” sign was not multi-lingual) I still have the receipt somewhere.

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