Police Operation

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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Mr Evil Mr Evil 4:27 pm 18 Nov 09

TP 3000 said :

Since the warning has already gone out over 104.7 News, the Police will be in the same location during afternoon peak. Just attacking southbound lanes at the top of the hill.

Great, maybe the Police should have to run everything they do past the Canberra public, lest someone be held up for 30 seconds.

If you are breaking the law you deserve everything that is thrown at you, and should not be given the chance to avoid the consequences of your actions by being warned that the Police are doing their job at whichever location.

greenit greenit 4:16 pm 18 Nov 09

The CT article mentions that 8 unregistered vehicles were detected, 5 of which had no compulsory third party insurance. I thought that your couldn’t register a car without ctp, or is it different in other states? Can someone enlighten me?

TP 3000 TP 3000 4:06 pm 18 Nov 09

Since the warning has already gone out over 104.7 News, the Police will be in the same location during afternoon peak. Just attacking southbound lanes at the top of the hill.

KB1971 KB1971 2:08 pm 18 Nov 09

indigoid said :

Over 9000 thumbs up for Plods tidying up some loose ends in Crime Valley.

Funny thing you know, when I was working for the ACT RTA as a vehicle inspector (RUS as it was known then), the most productive spot in the whole of Canberra when conducting roadside inspections was Gininderra Dve between Kingsford Smith Dve & Tillyard Drive. Five vehicles minimum each time. We actually had a stolen car try to run the signal man over during an opertation on this stretch of road.

When we used to combine operations with the Police they always concentrated their efforts on the North Side (actually north of the lake/Belconnen area), south was also targeted but the gravitation always seemed to move north before too long as not much was happening.

Tip operations, Belconnen Tip (when it was open) saw at least 20-30 vehicles grounded for various reasons. Most memorable was one guy with 7 kids in a 5 seat Falcon that was unregistered, un-roadworthy with an unregistered/un-roadworthy trailer attatched. That was the first set of traffic infingements that I actually saw hit the ground before the Officer ripped them off the machine.

There are issues all over Canberra with all types of Civil disobedience, isnt it about time you North Siders got over your inferiority complex?

Thoroughly Smashed Thoroughly Smashed 1:38 pm 18 Nov 09

dvaey said :

What a stupid sign, what is a driver going to check their speed against?

Those with manual transmissions can easily calculate their required RPM for a range of speeds in each gear (in advance, obviously). It would certainly help the people you refer to below.

dvaey said :

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.

yellowsnow 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 sloppery 12:02 pm 18 Nov 09

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

Thoroughly Smashed 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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