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Operation Crossroads

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ACT Policing will join forces with NSW Police Monaro Local Area Command in support of Operation Crossroads this holiday season, the fourth in an ongoing series of coordinated road safety initiatives to reduce road trauma across Australia and New Zealand.

The efforts by ACT Policing and the Monaro Command will mirror those of police throughout Australia in a national road safety campaign against dangerous driving coordinated by the national police agency, ANZPAA (Australia New Zealand Police Advisory Agency).

ACT Policing in co-operation with NSW Police will conduct high-visibility patrols on major arterial roads in and out of Canberra over the holiday season as part of Operation Crossroads.

With large numbers of motorists travelling in and out of Canberra over the holiday season, drivers are reminded to obey speed limits, take regular breaks and be patient and alert when driving in heavy traffic conditions.

Acting Traffic Operations Superintendent Rod Anderson said the holiday season was a time to be enjoyed with family and friends, not spent in the back of an ambulance or a police vehicle.

“We want all road users and motorists in particular to modify and moderate their behaviour so that everyone travels safely over the holiday season,” Sergeant Anderson said.

“Operation Crossroads is part of the police response to helping eliminate the loss of lives on our roads over holiday periods. During the Christmas and New Year holiday season police will put extra focus on drunk/drug driving, speeding, traffic infringements and licence offences.”

The widespread use of random breath testing and roadside drug-testing, as well as laser detection of speeding drivers, and close attention to unsafe or inattentive driving will form part of ACT Policing’s road safety strategy during Operation Crossroads.

Operation Crossroads begins on Sunday, December 23 and will continue until January 3, 2013.

Double demerits will apply for speeding and seatbelt offences, with an extra point for all other traffic offences. Double demerit points will be effective from the first instance today (Friday, December 21) until midnight January 1, 2013.

[Courtesy ACT Policing]


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mddawson 11:17 pm 26 Dec 12

buzz819 said :

Sorry to hear your passing, but then also sorry to hear it being turned into an anti-Police rant about RBT…

Thanks for your concern but I wasn’t making an “anti-Police rant about RBT” it is just about common courtesy to first explain why you have been pulled over. The officers attitude and manner promoted a conflict situation and he should not assume that someone driving in the early hours of the morning is up to no good, there are many legitimate reasons to be out at that hour. It should be noted that my brother was a Policeman some years ago and was equally digusted by this officer attitude.

JC 9:04 am 26 Dec 12

screaming banshee said :

Driving around today with cars speeding past me everywhere I went, I was looking forward to the opportunity to pull over and thank some officers for their efforts but alas there were none to be seen.

Maybe you weren’t looking hard enough. Saw about 3 yesterday on my drive from Belconnen to Jerra and back, including an unmarked silver bombadore that pulled over a car that overtook me at break neck speed at the start of the 60km/h section of Belconnen Way. The others were a marked car on the Monaro Highway and near Russell in the evening, with the Russell copper having a customer pulled over.

buzz819 10:21 pm 25 Dec 12

mddawson said :

Does this “operation” include stopping people who are not breaking the law? Early this morning (4am) my wife and I were returning home from Canberra Hospital where my mother-in-law had just passed away. I was obeying the speed limits and all traffic laws on my way home and was pulled over by two police cars after they tailed me for around 5km.

The policeman comes over to my car and says “Where are you going?”
I reply “Home”
PM: “Where have you been?”
Me: “The hospital were my wifes mother has just died”
PM: “Goodnight then” (or something to that effect)
So I asked him “Had I done something wrong?”
PM: “No”
Me: “Why was I pulled over?”
PM: “We are doing random breath tests.”
I am thinking “Do you really need two cars for that?”

For courtesy sake the policemean should have told me I had done nothing wrong and it was a random breath test at the start, not be forced to give a reason why he was stopping a lawful citizen on their way home.

Sorry to hear your passing, but then also sorry to hear it being turned into an anti-Police rant about RBT…

bigred 8:00 pm 25 Dec 12

Mddawson, I am sorry to hear your family has to deal with the loss of a loved one at this time of year. Lots of emotions pass through one after such an event, and you should feel a sense of relief that these coppers were keeping an eye out for your well-being.

screaming banshee 7:17 pm 25 Dec 12

Driving around today with cars speeding past me everywhere I went, I was looking forward to the opportunity to pull over and thank some officers for their efforts but alas there were none to be seen.

Tooks 5:13 pm 25 Dec 12

mddawson said :

Does this “operation” include stopping people who are not breaking the law? Early this morning (4am) my wife and I were returning home from Canberra Hospital where my mother-in-law had just passed away. I was obeying the speed limits and all traffic laws on my way home and was pulled over by two police cars after they tailed me for around 5km.

The policeman comes over to my car and says “Where are you going?”
I reply “Home”
PM: “Where have you been?”
Me: “The hospital were my wifes mother has just died”
PM: “Goodnight then” (or something to that effect)
So I asked him “Had I done something wrong?”
PM: “No”
Me: “Why was I pulled over?”
PM: “We are doing random breath tests.”
I am thinking “Do you really need two cars for that?”

For courtesy sake the policemean should have told me I had done nothing wrong and it was a random breath test at the start, not be forced to give a reason why he was stopping a lawful citizen on their way home.

Does this “operation” include stopping people who are not breaking the law?

That’s everyday policing and what I’d expect them to be doing to any car driving around at that time of morning (they probably weren’t psychic and didn’t know you had just been to the hospital by looking at the rear of your car).

They can pull you over any time they want for RBT, or to check your licence, or to do a check of your car. It’s happened to me many times. By your reasoning, a criminal driving around at 4am need only obey the road rules (with a boot load of stolen gear) and he has no fear of being pulled over.

I’m a law abiding citizen as well and I’ve never been pulled over for breaking a road rule. My day has never been ruined by one of these two minute traffic stops.

mddawson 11:29 am 25 Dec 12

Does this “operation” include stopping people who are not breaking the law? Early this morning (4am) my wife and I were returning home from Canberra Hospital where my mother-in-law had just passed away. I was obeying the speed limits and all traffic laws on my way home and was pulled over by two police cars after they tailed me for around 5km.

The policeman comes over to my car and says “Where are you going?”
I reply “Home”
PM: “Where have you been?”
Me: “The hospital were my wifes mother has just died”
PM: “Goodnight then” (or something to that effect)
So I asked him “Had I done something wrong?”
PM: “No”
Me: “Why was I pulled over?”
PM: “We are doing random breath tests.”
I am thinking “Do you really need two cars for that?”

For courtesy sake the policemean should have told me I had done nothing wrong and it was a random breath test at the start, not be forced to give a reason why he was stopping a lawful citizen on their way home.

poetix 5:57 pm 24 Dec 12

Duffbowl said :

poetix said :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=trjxHNdSo0M&feature=youtube_gdata_player

Enjoy…

I expect no forgiveness.

A much more enjoyable version…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X9uk9IcoQ0w

That’s not working for me: could you please check the link?

Deref 4:42 pm 24 Dec 12

poetix said :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=trjxHNdSo0M&feature=youtube_gdata_player

Enjoy…

I expect no forgiveness.

None shall be given.

Though it was pretty funny.

Duffbowl 3:09 pm 24 Dec 12

poetix said :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=trjxHNdSo0M&feature=youtube_gdata_player

Enjoy…

I expect no forgiveness.

A much more enjoyable version…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X9uk9IcoQ0w

milkman 8:00 am 24 Dec 12

bigfeet said :

gazket said :

revenue raising exercise. It’s proven that more death happen on roads on normal weekends than double demerit holiday weekends.

Link to this proven research?

I read this somewhere too…

Jono 10:35 pm 23 Dec 12

gazket said :

revenue raising exercise. It’s proven that more death happen on roads on normal weekends than double demerit holiday weekends.

Revenue raising? High visibility patrols and doubling the demerit points?? That might make the slightest bit of sense if they were covertly targeting speeding drivers or they doubled the fines. Hard to see how it’s revenue raising by doubling the number of demerit points.

bigfeet 9:50 pm 23 Dec 12

gazket said :

revenue raising exercise. It’s proven that more death happen on roads on normal weekends than double demerit holiday weekends.

Link to this proven research?

The Antichrist 9:43 pm 23 Dec 12

goggles13 said :

“Double demerit points will be effective from the first instance today (Friday, December 21)”

what does the first instance today mean? do they mean 12.01am on Dec 21, or do they mean from the first time an offence occurs on Dec 21, which could mean at any time of the day?

the first instance is immediately after midnight on the 20th, which means from the first instant that 21/12 becomes a date. Not the first time that an offence occurs.

gazket said :

revenue raising exercise. It’s proven that more death happen on roads on normal weekends than double demerit holiday weekends .

Here’s a tip brainiac – the reason that less deaths happen on double-demerit weekends – is entirely due to double-demerits being in force. There are far more weekend warriors out on the roads during holiday season – so one might expect more accidents and deaths during the holiday period, all things being equal.

But they are not equal. Punters are not stupid – they know the consequences of speeding offences. So guess what ? On double-demerit weekends or longer periods – they slow the f@#k down. Which means less accidents and deaths.

This is not rocket science, nor is it revenue raising. Revenue raising happens every other weekend when double demerits are not in place and people speed with impunity due to the less-severe consequences on their demerit points.

Pork Hunt 9:42 pm 23 Dec 12

gazket said :

revenue raising exercise. It’s proven that more death happen on roads on normal weekends than double demerit holiday weekends.

Its double demerits not double the fine…

gazket 6:19 pm 23 Dec 12

revenue raising exercise. It’s proven that more death happen on roads on normal weekends than double demerit holiday weekends.

IrishPete 11:30 am 23 Dec 12

goggles13 said :

“Double demerit points will be effective from the first instance today (Friday, December 21)”

what does the first instance today mean? do they mean 12.01am on Dec 21, or do they mean from the first time an offence occurs on Dec 21, which could mean at any time of the day?

I’m fairly confident they’ll be ineffective. What they actually mean is they will be “in effect” or “in place”. Cross reference other posts about the writing abilities of Police Media, although this error is probably deliberate.

IP

goggles13 8:32 am 23 Dec 12

“Double demerit points will be effective from the first instance today (Friday, December 21)”

what does the first instance today mean? do they mean 12.01am on Dec 21, or do they mean from the first time an offence occurs on Dec 21, which could mean at any time of the day?

poetix 8:59 pm 22 Dec 12
Dazzlar 8:55 pm 22 Dec 12

Fantastic movie!

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