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Officers on duty – more effective that speed cameras?

By matt31221 - 20 November 2011 43

I was heading up Athlon Drive,  driving past Farrer heading towards Woden last Saturday in my wife’s little Yaris.   I saw in the rear vision mirror coming over the hill behind me a 4×4 with P plates on it,  it was doing about 110ish by my estimate.  I had seen quite a few speeding P platers lately,  they just don’t seem to care about the speed limit and it was getting on my nerves.   I noticed another black 4×4 behind the P-plater that was on his tail the whole way down Athlon.  Must of been his friend I thought,  anyway they flew past me then got stopped by the lights,  I pulled up next to the P-plater on the lights.   I admit that I got goaded into going a little quick off the lights because I didn’t want him to overtake me (really silly I know),  but he flew past with the black 4×4 in tow,  he was really giving it the gas.  Next thing I saw was that the black 4×4 lit up like a red and blue Christmas tree!  It was an undercover police vehicle,  I did not see that coming!   Man I realized how lucky I was not to get done myself on that hill – The police officer had obviously already locked onto the P-plater because he was flying.  I am never speeding again,  it was the most effective speed trap I have ever seen.  Don’t let  mongrel p-platers goad you into speeding off the lights – you never know who is behind you!

This lesson taught me how effective actual Police officers are at catching people who exceed the speed limit.  Why is the government wasting money on speed cameras (that people know the location of so slow down accordingly) when they should just hire more traffic cops?  More jobs for citizens and less people speeding.  What do others think?

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43 Responses to
Officers on duty – more effective that speed cameras?
Disinformation 9:13 am 21 Nov 11

Just keeping your eyes open will probably change your opinions about undercover cars doing nothing with speeders in Canberra. I’ve seen the black holden ute, green holden ute, white mondeo, brown mondeo, black Nissan patrol (or whatever it was) and at least three different commodores all pulling over speeding drivers in the last twelve months. In fact I’ve seen more unmarked cars pulling over drivers than marked cars.
Anyone who gets pulled over by a marked car doubly deserves their infringement fine.
If one decides to undertake more risk without a corresponding increase attention to detail and situational awareness, one should be prepared to bear the consequences.
Life in general works that way. Why should traffic infringment punishment be different?

dvaey 9:10 am 21 Nov 11

Tooks said :

milkman said :

People speed and drive like idiots because they know that except for the known speed camera locations, the chances of actually getting busted are nearly zero.

Really? What about the many thousands of TINs handed out each year by police?

Yea, listen to Tooks. Didnt you know the many thousands of TINs handed out by the current traffic patrol, has all but removed dangerous, illegal driving from our streets?

Tooks, do you believe that the number of TINs currently issued is a strong reason for people to not drive like idiots and speed? If you do believe this, then why are we constantly seeing reports of so many people who dont listen to those reasons? We’re not just talking about one in 1000 drivers being stupid, we’re talking about a decent portion.

Maybe being on the inside of a police car, you arent quite aware of how little those of us in the public actually see your cars.. You see a car for most of your day, the average member of the public might see 2 or 3 in a day, if theyre lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time.

milkman 7:42 am 21 Nov 11

Tooks said :

milkman said :

People speed and drive like idiots because they know that except for the known speed camera locations, the chances of actually getting busted are nearly zero.

Really? What about the many thousands of TINs handed out each year by police?

Compared to how many instances of silliness and/or law breaking?

Tooks 7:33 am 21 Nov 11

milkman said :

People speed and drive like idiots because they know that except for the known speed camera locations, the chances of actually getting busted are nearly zero.

Really? What about the many thousands of TINs handed out each year by police?

Evil_Kitten 12:12 am 21 Nov 11

Hahahaha you lost to a 4×4

dvaey 11:04 pm 20 Nov 11

onlytt600 said :

On my way home from Gungahlin Thursday night I passed an unmarked car wearing P plates – looks like it may be a new tactic, I thought you could get a ticket for displaying Ps incorrectly?

I once did, forgot to take my brothers P plate off, and got pinged for it. However, you’ll find the ‘road rules dont apply to police’ road rule comes into play here.

Postalgeek 10:48 pm 20 Nov 11

While I have no love for speedsters, passive aggressives who hate being passed are a blight on our roads and should be hunted down like vermin.

Mysteryman 9:30 pm 20 Nov 11

harvyk1 said :

Because a traffic copper whilst being far more successful in the road safety message, makes a lot less money for the gov’t than a fixed speed camera, plus a traffic copper requires sleep \ holidays and sick days, which a speed camera doesn’t, plus a traffic copper can use their discretion and better judgement, which equals less $$$ in govco’s bank account.

It really has nothing to do with saving lives, and everything to do with revenue raising.

Precisely this. Unfortunately it’s about money, not actual safety.

I would much rather more police on our roads.

onlytt600 9:21 pm 20 Nov 11

On my way home from Gungahlin Thursday night I passed an unmarked car wearing P plates – looks like it may be a new tactic, I thought you could get a ticket for displaying Ps incorrectly?

KeenGolfer 9:02 pm 20 Nov 11

madamcholet said :

Glad another one is off the road and may have learnt a big lesson! I often wonder why the police don’t sneak around like that more instead of leaving it to vans and cameras

Speed camera vans and fixed cameras are operated by the government, not the police.

Lazy I 8:59 pm 20 Nov 11

So you’re admitting to street racing?

According to popular opinion your Yaris should be crushed and you should be made to catch the bus…

…that is of course unless you were drink driving at the time. Drink driving is forgivable… and understandable, it’s a medical condition and you need help.

If you admit to being over the blood alcohol limit you can keep your Yaris, as long as you promise to a judge that you won’t do it again.

winter 8:39 pm 20 Nov 11

Lite up like a red and blue christmas tree? What a peculiar analogy.

milkman 7:45 pm 20 Nov 11

People speed and drive like idiots because they know that except for the known speed camera locations, the chances of actually getting busted are nearly zero.

For actual road safety, there’s nothing like having marked cop cars patrolling. Having an undercover cop car resulted in a ticket in this instance, but it didn’t prevent the behaviour in the first place.

madamcholet 6:12 pm 20 Nov 11

Glad another one is off the road and may have learnt a big lesson! I often wonder why the police don’t sneak around like that more instead of leaving it to vans and cameras.

I’m pretty peed off by speeding motorists right now – seems that no one has any respect for speed limits and basically for their own and other people’s safety. I would like to know why most people – especially p-platers – believe they can handle one tonne missiles at speeds in excess of the limits.

I think there must be significant failings in driver training – probably because most of them learn from their parents and are in the car on their own within 6 or 7 lessons. I knew someone who was on the road in 4 lessons -although she had the good sense to be very wary of actually driving for a good while as if she couldn’t believe it herself. I find it all totally astonishing and am always aware when ferrying my three year old about that anything could happen at any minute. Enough to make you paranoid…

harvyk1 5:44 pm 20 Nov 11

Because a traffic copper whilst being far more successful in the road safety message, makes a lot less money for the gov’t than a fixed speed camera, plus a traffic copper requires sleep \ holidays and sick days, which a speed camera doesn’t, plus a traffic copper can use their discretion and better judgement, which equals less $$$ in govco’s bank account.

It really has nothing to do with saving lives, and everything to do with revenue raising.

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