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Police on the roads in April

By johnboy - 8 May 2012 38

ACT Policing caught more than 840 drivers for speeding on Canberra roads as part of the traffic targeting campaign for April.

Police officers issued a total of 614 traffic infringement notices and 209 cautions. There were 19 drivers arrested and will be summonsed for speeding offences.

About 30 per cent of targeted drivers were caught travelling more than 15km/h but less than 30km/h over the speed limit.

Some 212 drivers were caught travelling more than 15km/h but less than 30km/h over the speed limit. A further five drivers were caught travelling over 45km/h.

Superintendent Kylie Flower said this was a disappointing result and drivers should have the message by now that speeding is dangerous.

“If you’re speeding, what may have been a minor collision if you were sticking to the speed limit could end up being much more serious. Drivers need to remember speed affects their ability to stop their car to prevent collisions,” Superintendent Flower said.

ACT Policing is focusing on seatbelts for the month of May.

[Courtesy ACT Policing]

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Police on the roads in April
Jungle Jim 4:01 pm 08 May 12

helium said :

Give left change of direction signal (less than 5 seconds) = $162 + 2 points

What’s so special about the left indicator?

helium 3:16 pm 08 May 12

HenryBG said :

helium said :

And can the Police focus on those tools doing 110 in an 80k zone please, seen 5 in the last week, those who deliberately run red lights, and those on mobile phones,

Ah come on – if nobody’s coming the other way, what’s wrong with going through a red light?

Well there is the fine, the points and potentially voiding your insurance…

Disobeying a traffic signal = 3 points + $282 (and in theory but not safe, you are to stop traffic lights at yellow light)

Using a handheld mobile phone while driving = 3 points + $280
Seatbelt not adjusted/fastened (driver) = 3 points + $293

and there are lots of fun and interesting fines that will never get enforced.

Drive on nature strip = $162
Drive on path = $162
Alight from moving vehicle = $102
Rider hold onto moving vehicle while riding bicycle = $69
Drive/tow vehicle with unsecured load = $348
Ride motorbike with animal on petrol tank = $102
Drive vehicle with TV/VDU image likely to distract (GPS ?) = $132
Lead animal while driving motor vehicle = $69
Use front or rear fog light when not permitted = $102
Give left change of direction signal (less than 5 seconds) = $162 + 2 points

and many more…

Innovation 2:52 pm 08 May 12

jrsubs said :

…..After being caught doing 61kph in a suburban through road (Stonehaven Cresc) that I assumed was 60k I have given up, and now switch off brain when driving at ludicrously low speeds simply because at such speeds it is impossible to keep concentrating. Greater danger to me and others but I can’t afford to lose my licence.

Streuth – you must be practically comatose in shared zones ….

HenryBG 2:18 pm 08 May 12

helium said :

And can the Police focus on those tools doing 110 in an 80k zone please, seen 5 in the last week, those who deliberately run red lights, and those on mobile phones,

Ah come on – if nobody’s coming the other way, what’s wrong with going through a red light?

buzz819 12:58 pm 08 May 12

geetee said :

My comment isn’t about ACT Policing but…

On Saturday, a bunch of us drove up to Sydney for a birthday weekend which included the Crows v Swans AFL game. About half way up the Hume Hwy, traffic slowed to a halt just before the ‘truck inspection stop’ (or whatever it’s called) and we thought there must have been an accident.

But no – a huge squad of coppers (inc cars, paddy wagons etc) were waving cars, trucks and buses into the inspection area and – with what seemed to be sniffer dogs – searching all the vehicles including the luggage hold of the bus.

We were waved past (the inspection area was pretty full) but I’ve never seen this happen before. Can anyone say whether it’s a regular thing these days? I presume they were searching for drugs?

I think it has to do with the delivery companies being put under the microscope because of the bad practices of one or two businesses a couple of months ago, to see how wide spread the problem may be.

Felix the Cat 12:48 pm 08 May 12

geetee said :

My comment isn’t about ACT Policing but…

On Saturday, a bunch of us drove up to Sydney for a birthday weekend which included the Crows v Swans AFL game. About half way up the Hume Hwy, traffic slowed to a halt just before the ‘truck inspection stop’ (or whatever it’s called) and we thought there must have been an accident.

But no – a huge squad of coppers (inc cars, paddy wagons etc) were waving cars, trucks and buses into the inspection area and – with what seemed to be sniffer dogs – searching all the vehicles including the luggage hold of the bus.

We were waved past (the inspection area was pretty full) but I’ve never seen this happen before. Can anyone say whether it’s a regular thing these days? I presume they were searching for drugs?

Summernats time you often get “random” searches like this and also the cops going over the modifed cars and defecting ones that aren’t up to scratch.

G-Fresh 12:33 pm 08 May 12

geetee said :

My comment isn’t about ACT Policing but…

On Saturday, a bunch of us drove up to Sydney for a birthday weekend which included the Crows v Swans AFL game. About half way up the Hume Hwy, traffic slowed to a halt just before the ‘truck inspection stop’ (or whatever it’s called) and we thought there must have been an accident.

But no – a huge squad of coppers (inc cars, paddy wagons etc) were waving cars, trucks and buses into the inspection area and – with what seemed to be sniffer dogs – searching all the vehicles including the luggage hold of the bus.

We were waved past (the inspection area was pretty full) but I’ve never seen this happen before. Can anyone say whether it’s a regular thing these days? I presume they were searching for drugs?

I’ve been lead to believe it’s standard procedure whenever AFL thugs are expected to travel to the big smoke

geetee 12:22 pm 08 May 12

My comment isn’t about ACT Policing but…

On Saturday, a bunch of us drove up to Sydney for a birthday weekend which included the Crows v Swans AFL game. About half way up the Hume Hwy, traffic slowed to a halt just before the ‘truck inspection stop’ (or whatever it’s called) and we thought there must have been an accident.

But no – a huge squad of coppers (inc cars, paddy wagons etc) were waving cars, trucks and buses into the inspection area and – with what seemed to be sniffer dogs – searching all the vehicles including the luggage hold of the bus.

We were waved past (the inspection area was pretty full) but I’ve never seen this happen before. Can anyone say whether it’s a regular thing these days? I presume they were searching for drugs?

Very Busy 12:02 pm 08 May 12

Could we also have the figures for the number of drivers caught failing to indicate and using fog lights in clear weather?

FFS why are we having these targeted campaigns. “ACT Policing is focusing on seatbelts for the month of May.” Does it not matter if we don’t were our seat belts in the months of April and June?

I guess it just proves that the rules are there to be broken.

helium 11:57 am 08 May 12

Speeding is dangerous and apart from the obvious reaction times and stopping distances, it is about expectation and speed differential. If every driver did the (same) speed limit then
– merging would be easier,
– changing lanes might be possible,
– people wouldn’t need to tailgate
– traffic would spread out and not bunch up,
– we could concentrate on traffic not avoiding idiots.

So can we all relax, just stick to the limit (plus or minus 5) and get there with less stress and fuss.
And can the Police focus on those tools doing 110 in an 80k zone please, seen 5 in the last week, those who deliberately run red lights, and those on mobile phones,

cranky 11:04 am 08 May 12

‘209 cautions’

That, dear people, is why Govco love speed cameras. Takes all the decision making out of the equation, and returns good solid dollars to Treasury.

Katy will be crying at 209 less contributions.

jrsubs 11:01 am 08 May 12

Bundah is right – the over-emphasis on speed is unwarranted and only occurs because of a desire to be seen to do something easy, and because it is the only quantifiable offence. It comes at the expense of good policing of the things that matter more … wakefulness, awareness, anticipation, phone use. All of these are made worse by forcing people to drive at speeds that are too low to occupy their minds, so they go into an unthinking and unaware ‘dumb driver’ mode. In this mode they are a greater threat to themselves and others than if they were driving to suit the conditions i.e. at a sensible speed. After being caught doing 61kph in a suburban through road (Stonehaven Cresc) that I assumed was 60k I have given up, and now switch off brain when driving at ludicrously low speeds simply because at such speeds it is impossible to keep concentrating. Greater danger to me and others but I can’t afford to lose my licence.

bundah 10:40 am 08 May 12

With over 3 million kms on the road my perception is that poor driving skills,lack of awareness,judgement and anticipation are the main reasons why collisions occur.Of course this is then exacerbated when one adds speeding and also texting to the mix!

trevar 10:36 am 08 May 12

AlpineViper said :

“A further five drivers were caught travelling over 45km/h.”

I wasn’t aware the ACT had a blanket limit of 45k/h.

Love your pedantry, you put me to shame! I also like how the superintendent is said to be disappointed in only five drivers being caught travelling over 45kmh!

AlpineViper 10:25 am 08 May 12

I’m not normally one to jump on the bash-the-police-press-release bandwagin but this one is just nutty. Especially:

“A further five drivers were caught travelling over 45km/h.”

I wasn’t aware the ACT had a blanket limit of 45k/h.

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