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New Revenue Speed Cameras Active

By Jazz 16 August 2007 63

John Hargreaves has put out this media release on the activation of 4 new permanent speed cameras around Canberra.

New locations are Canberra Avenue/Captain Cook Crescent/Manuka Circle; Gungahlin Drive/Gundaroo Drive, Tuggeranong Parkway, near the Cotter Road Overpass; and Federal Highway, southbound, approaching the Antill Street roundabout.

With these ones yet to come.

Federal Highway, northbound, approaching the Antill Street roundabout
Tuggeranong Parkway, both directions, near the Hindmarsh Drive underpass
Barton Highway, both directions, between Curran Drive and Gold Creek Road
Barton Highway, both directions, between Gungahlin Drive and Ellenborough Street
Monaro Highway, both directions, near the Hindmarsh Drive overpass
Monaro Highway, northbound, between Lanyon Drive and Sheppard Street
Monaro Highway, southbound, between Mugga Lane and Isabella Drive

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Woody Mann-Caruso 4:45 pm 16 May 08

I suspect it’s a f.ck you. When I lived in Queensland, where streets that are 80km/h streets in Canberra are 60km/h (or sometimes – gasp – 70 km/h) and the highways 100km/h, everybody said that if the limits were just 10km/h higher they’d never speed. Well, Canberra has all that – 80km/h between town centres, 60km/h on suburban arterials, and 110km/h all the way to Sydney. Everybody still does 10km/h over the limit.

Reprobate 4:30 pm 16 May 08

Yeah, I could – and do – glance at my speedo* but few cars’ speedos read 100% accurately. An argument usually espoused under these circumstances is to drive say 10km/h under the speed limit. Trouble is, that sort of driving style will either get you mercilessly carved up on the mean streets of Canberra (actually, anywhere in Oz) or will either earn you a liberace from the driver behind if you suddenly slow approaching a speed camera. (*- when I say “glance” in reality it seems more like “check speed constantly from the first warning signpost/glimpse of the van until you are past the camera with the occasional glimpse at the road”. How crazy is that for road safety purposes???)

On a sidepoint, as others have observed, it seems when people pass a speed camera they resume their “normal” speed. Is that because they feel the extra 5-10km/h (and generally speaking that’s all it ever is, never 30km/h plus) is the actual appropriate and safe speed for the conditions, or is it a subconcious “f#!k you!” to authority?

Woody Mann-Caruso 3:08 pm 16 May 08

Can’t you just glance at your speedo? If it’s over the speed limit, you’ve done the wrong thing. If you didn’t see the large white van with the huge sign on top or the endless signs leading up to the fixed camera, you probably wouldn’t notice a flashing sign either.

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