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Police Operation

By Madam Cholet - 17 November 2009 67

On my way to work today – going to the City via Woden – I encountered some kind of police operation. I think it was on Athlon Drive and according to 666 had traffic backed up to Drakeford Drive. Does anyone know what this was for? I purposely went this way as the traffic going from Erindale up to the Gowrie roundabout was chockers as well. They seemed to be clearing things away by the time I got there – two flash police cars and one lane completely blocked off. I figured it must have been important to disrupt traffic at that time in the morning. Just curious to find out.

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Police Operation
yellowsnow 12:14 pm 18 Nov 09

Canberra Times article said:

The RAPID strike team will continue to focus its efforts on Tuggeranong throughout this month and December.

Gee, thanks CT for that heads-up for Tuggers Crims everywhere. Guess they’ll just catch a bus out of the Valley and focus their property crime activities on Belco or Gungahlin, or simply keep a low profile till January and let their northside brethren do all the criminalising safe in the knowledge that their defective vehicles won’t be targeted for another few months.

Assuming these people are literate or lucid enough to read the paper that is … maybe i give them too much credit

sloppery 12:02 pm 18 Nov 09

Poor police – they just can’t win. Keeping booking people without rego, though…

Thoroughly Smashed 11:42 am 18 Nov 09

Mothy said :

From today’s CT – RAPID checks, and the cops saying that crims apply the early bird gets the worm philosophy too…

http://www.canberratimes.com.au/news/local/news/general/police-unapologetic-as-hightech-screening-nabs-naughty-drivers/1680320.aspx

Headline: “Police unapologetic…”. Article begins: “ACT Policing has apologised…”

Whoops.

Holden Caulfield 11:34 am 18 Nov 09

Mothy said :

From today’s CT – RAPID checks, and the cops saying that crims apply the early bird gets the worm philosophy too…

http://www.canberratimes.com.au/news/local/news/general/police-unapologetic-as-hightech-screening-nabs-naughty-drivers/1680320.aspx

The contradiction of the title and opening sentence from that article made me lolz…

Police unapologetic as high-tech screening nabs naughty drivers
“ACT Policing has apologised for any inconvenience caused by one of its operations during peak hour in Tuggeranong yesterday morning…”

dvaey 11:26 am 18 Nov 09

One hopes theyve refined the system since they pulled me over twice on the same weekend with RAPID, for unregistered vehicle, 3 days after I registered my new vehicle.

Also one side comment, when they first started doing these computer scan things, they setup a big billboard near the old Kambah High, with a flashing sign saying ‘Check Your Speed’. What a stupid sign, what is a driver going to check their speed against? In Victoria, and NSW to a lesser extent, you have these sort of signs all over the place, but they say ‘check speed’ and then show what your real speed is. If youre going to spend however many hundreds of dollars it cost to put that sign up there, why not put a fully functioning sign, which helps you rather than just scares you into hoping your speedo is correct. This also leads to people who dont trust their speedos, dropping to 10-20km/hr below the limit near speed cameras and other law enforcement/revenue raising activities.

Rumply 10:52 am 18 Nov 09

I don’t think it is just rubber-necking… pretty sure when I did my licence test there was simulation for stuff on the side of the road like accidents. You were required to slow down as you past things like accidents or the likes, otherwise you failed your test. You never know when some person with concusion may wander out onto the road or a child wanders off. I would rather people slowing down then hitting someone at 80 kmh.

indigoid 10:47 am 18 Nov 09

Over 9000 thumbs up for Plods tidying up some loose ends in Crime Valley. Want to see more of this! Also want to see many more RBTs. I’ve been RBTed maybe four times in 13 years of driving/riding. Not nearly enough IMHO. Would like to see combined RBT/drug tests too. Do Plods do this already? I haven’t been flagged often enough to find out

Mothy 10:43 am 18 Nov 09

From today’s CT – RAPID checks, and the cops saying that crims apply the early bird gets the worm philosophy too…

http://www.canberratimes.com.au/news/local/news/general/police-unapologetic-as-hightech-screening-nabs-naughty-drivers/1680320.aspx

Thoroughly Smashed 10:36 am 18 Nov 09

There was plenty of retarded driving on Sulwood Drive that morning. The number of vehicles blocking both directions trying to do a multiple point u-turn only 20m from a roundabout (or having just left one)…

Buzz2600 9:19 am 18 Nov 09

They were trying to stop all the illegals coming out of Tuggers valley …. its called Border Protection ;o)

Ceej1973 8:00 am 18 Nov 09

Great, so you were rubber necking like the rest (majority of them). Its the rubber necking that usually slows down traffic,unless its some clown that wont drive or bunny hop their vehicle onto the curb when they have had an accient at the expence of sharing their anger with drivers who havnt even been involved. Just like the 2km traffic jam on the parkway north bound 2 weeks ago, that was only going at walking pace purely because drivers saw (rubber necking at) blue and reds on the south bound side for some bugger trying to get away from cops in the pine forest. Really, is your Public Service job that boring?!?!?!

Anna Key 6:51 am 18 Nov 09

Looked like a complete shambles. We saw the traffic wasn’t moving when coming out of Wanniassa and went via Sulwood and Erindale Drives. Like the OP, I assumed it was the standard Athllon rear-ender. It’s quite ridiculous that such an exercise take place in the morning peak time. To make a few hundred people late for work, appointments or school (have exams started yet???). I have no problem with road safety and enforcement activities, but please AFP, show some common sense. A work colleague said it took him over 45 mins to get from Drakeford to Woden.

bd84 11:38 pm 17 Nov 09

TP 3000 said :

They were doing their license plate checks. An unmarked car was just past the Athllon Dr/Sulwood Dr roundabout & he had that new computer thing. 4-6 cars were impounded & one middle aged woman didn’t look happy. Of those 4-6 cars 2 were Toyota Camry’s of the exact same body shape.

Sulwood Drive coming from Kambah was quite empty when my bus finally made the intersection, with 3/4 buses visible behind me. Didn’t check Sulwood Drive coming from Wanniassa though.

There are those that wish they did this operation at another time of the day, they did grab some crims who don’t belong on our roads.

They’ve been having a field day on Sulwood Dr doing the same thing around about the same time over the past 2 weeks, there wasn’t too much of a problem traffic wise there. I’m half and half on this, while it’s good that they’re out there doing it, anything that slows down the traffic on Athllon even a little in the morning has the traffic banked back for kms. They must be over close to or over 100 cars off the road by now..

TP 3000 10:50 pm 17 Nov 09

They were doing their license plate checks. An unmarked car was just past the Athllon Dr/Sulwood Dr roundabout & he had that new computer thing. 4-6 cars were impounded & one middle aged woman didn’t look happy. Of those 4-6 cars 2 were Toyota Camry’s of the exact same body shape.

Sulwood Drive coming from Kambah was quite empty when my bus finally made the intersection, with 3/4 buses visible behind me. Didn’t check Sulwood Drive coming from Wanniassa though.

There are those that wish they did this operation at another time of the day, they did grab some crims who don’t belong on our roads.

bd84 10:32 pm 17 Nov 09

When I was goind to work about 9amish. The traffic was banked up on Sulwood Dr to the Gaunson Cr roundabout and also to the Red Rooster roundabout on Athllon Dr. I snuck off and did a rat run around to the other side of Sulwood Dr, though I did turn off Sulwood legally unlike the people rallying across country to shortcut it. I would have guessed someone tailended someone as usual, though they have been doing their RAPID detecting in that general area over the past couple of weeks..

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