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Police Operation on the Federal Highway

LSWCHP 23 March 2013 29

I drove into Canberra on the Federal Highway on Saturday arvo about 4pm. Just before the big roundabout at Antill Street there was a major police gig happening. The left lane was blocked by a police car with flashing lights, and in a clearing on the side of the road there were maybe half a dozen other parked police vehicles, a semi-trailer, some civilian vehicles, a Harley on a trailer and cops galore. It looked like the civilian vehicles were being searched, rather than the usual string of cars lined up for an RBT.

Did anybody else see this, and have some idea about what was going on? It may have been a super-duper RBT, but it didn’t look like it.


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aceofspades aceofspades 10:33 am 27 Mar 13

p1 said :

buzz819 said :

EvanJames said :

p1 said :

Nobody is afraid of the Rebels in Canberra since one of them got shot by a guy with paper bags on his hands.

That picture is the best ever. What a scary guy!

But someone’s scared of the rebels… the cops. Ping them for noisy bikes? Never.

How do you know it doesn’t happen? The worst the bikes will get is a ticket and a defect, then they are on their merry way, it’s not like they will get confiscated…

Yup. A defect notice doesn’t even come with a fine. And a non safety defect – like noise – you can still ride it for 14 days (I think) while you arrange to get it fixed. Which in the case of a noisy exhaust means undo two bolts, slide off after market “muffler” slide on factory muffler, take to inspection station, pay $45 dollars, pass inspection, go to ACT Gov Shopfront, clear defect (also free – must be the only thing the ACT Gov does for free), go home, undo two bolts, slide off factory muffler, slide on after market “muffler”, and Bob’s your uncle.

There may well be something though that people who intentionally, and repeatedly, do things to make their vehicles unroadworthy can be charged with, but that is a different issue.

Often yes, but extremely loud bikes usually have entire aftermarket exhaust which will require changing the headers back to standard as well as fitting the standard mufflers.

KB1971 said :

EvanJames said :

so that is why there were so many thunderously loud motorbikes around today. Jeez it would be nice to hear the cops were out catching them, but I bet they weren’t. Checking seatbelts more likely.

Having a loud bike doesnt kills you like not wearing a seatbelt in an accident……

In fact it is safer to have loud pipes, the more obvious to the car drivers you are the safer you are.

p1 p1 9:46 am 27 Mar 13

buzz819 said :

EvanJames said :

p1 said :

Nobody is afraid of the Rebels in Canberra since one of them got shot by a guy with paper bags on his hands.

That picture is the best ever. What a scary guy!

But someone’s scared of the rebels… the cops. Ping them for noisy bikes? Never.

How do you know it doesn’t happen? The worst the bikes will get is a ticket and a defect, then they are on their merry way, it’s not like they will get confiscated…

Yup. A defect notice doesn’t even come with a fine. And a non safety defect – like noise – you can still ride it for 14 days (I think) while you arrange to get it fixed. Which in the case of a noisy exhaust means undo two bolts, slide off after market “muffler” slide on factory muffler, take to inspection station, pay $45 dollars, pass inspection, go to ACT Gov Shopfront, clear defect (also free – must be the only thing the ACT Gov does for free), go home, undo two bolts, slide off factory muffler, slide on after market “muffler”, and Bob’s your uncle.

There may well be something though that people who intentionally, and repeatedly, do things to make their vehicles unroadworthy can be charged with, but that is a different issue.

KB1971 KB1971 9:40 am 27 Mar 13

patrick_keogh said :

I think it was the “… and don’t hurry back” farewell from our law enforcement. They were not even remotely interested in my Skoda 🙂

No one is… 😛

KB1971 KB1971 9:40 am 27 Mar 13

EvanJames said :

so that is why there were so many thunderously loud motorbikes around today. Jeez it would be nice to hear the cops were out catching them, but I bet they weren’t. Checking seatbelts more likely.

Having a loud bike doesnt kills you like not wearing a seatbelt in an accident……

buzz819 buzz819 7:26 am 27 Mar 13

EvanJames said :

p1 said :

Nobody is afraid of the Rebels in Canberra since one of them got shot by a guy with paper bags on his hands.

That picture is the best ever. What a scary guy!

But someone’s scared of the rebels… the cops. Ping them for noisy bikes? Never.

How do you know it doesn’t happen? The worst the bikes will get is a ticket and a defect, then they are on their merry way, it’s not like they will get confiscated…

EvanJames EvanJames 10:27 pm 26 Mar 13

p1 said :

Nobody is afraid of the Rebels in Canberra since one of them got shot by a guy with paper bags on his hands.

That picture is the best ever. What a scary guy!

But someone’s scared of the rebels… the cops. Ping them for noisy bikes? Never.

Mr Evil Mr Evil 7:37 pm 26 Mar 13

p1 said :

Nobody is afraid of the Rebels in Canberra since one of them got shot by a guy with paper bags on his hands.

Do you know how loud of a bang those bags would make if Russell clapped his hands together?

LSWCHP LSWCHP 5:52 pm 26 Mar 13

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd said :

p1 said :

Nobody is afraid of the Rebels in Canberra since one of them got shot by a guy with paper bags on his hands.

Lol I never saw that picture before. Why does he have paper bags taped over his hands?

Discharging any sort of firearm, and particularly something dirty like a shotgun, will result in your hands being covered with a fine layer of gunshot residue. This can range from being invisible to being quite a thick layer of powdery crap. Even if you can’t see it this residue can be chemically analysed and perhaps matched with ammunition from a given batch etc etc.

I believe a critical part of the evidence against against Eastman in the Winchester murder was a couple of grains of powder residue in the boot of his car.

I’ve been told that there are a variety of ways to erase or mask the presence of the residue using commonly available chemicals, but you need to do that before the cops put the baggies on your hands. 🙂

Disposable Disposable 4:44 pm 26 Mar 13

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd said :

p1 said :

Nobody is afraid of the Rebels in Canberra since one of them got shot by a guy with paper bags on his hands.

Lol I never saw that picture before. Why does he have paper bags taped over his hands?

I’d assume it would be something to do with gunpowder residue and forensic tests as the picture says it was taken shortly after the shooting.

p1 p1 4:33 pm 26 Mar 13

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd said :

p1 said :

Nobody is afraid of the Rebels in Canberra since one of them got shot by a guy with paper bags on his hands.

Lol I never saw that picture before. Why does he have paper bags taped over his hands?

Dunno, but that is why they call him Russell!

[Actually, I believe the bags are to contain forensic evidence until they do the ‘ol CSI stuff]

YeahBuddy YeahBuddy 4:20 pm 26 Mar 13

p1 said :

Nobody is afraid of the Rebels in Canberra since one of them got shot by a guy with paper bags on his hands.

This …. is why i shouldn’t read the Riot Act at work, hahahaha

bundah bundah 3:54 pm 26 Mar 13

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd said :

p1 said :

Nobody is afraid of the Rebels in Canberra since one of them got shot by a guy with paper bags on his hands.

Lol I never saw that picture before. Why does he have paper bags taped over his hands?

That’s so he could avoid being fingered!

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd 3:37 pm 26 Mar 13

p1 said :

Nobody is afraid of the Rebels in Canberra since one of them got shot by a guy with paper bags on his hands.

Lol I never saw that picture before. Why does he have paper bags taped over his hands?

bundah bundah 2:31 pm 26 Mar 13

p1 said :

Nobody is afraid of the Rebels in Canberra since one of them got shot by a guy with paper bags on his hands.

Those paper bags were loaded and Rebel Rick and Carrigan copped both barrels in the head!

p1 p1 12:52 pm 26 Mar 13

Nobody is afraid of the Rebels in Canberra since one of them got shot by a guy with paper bags on his hands.

bundah bundah 10:33 am 26 Mar 13

vg said :

bundah said :

EvanJames said :

I wonder how many of them were done for having too-loud bikes? Yeah, none. As usual.

When something is in the too hard basket and there’s an element of fear particularly when dealing with OMC’s it’s far easier to turn a blind eye.

Fear? Oh please………….started my day with a laugh.

We’re talking about bikies aren’t we? Police fear? Oh Jeebus, I’m laughing uncontrollably again

Oh come on they’re very very scary or was i just being subtly facetious?

vg vg 9:51 am 26 Mar 13

bundah said :

EvanJames said :

I wonder how many of them were done for having too-loud bikes? Yeah, none. As usual.

When something is in the too hard basket and there’s an element of fear particularly when dealing with OMC’s it’s far easier to turn a blind eye.

Fear? Oh please………….started my day with a laugh.

We’re talking about bikies aren’t we? Police fear? Oh Jeebus, I’m laughing uncontrollably again

bundah bundah 10:47 pm 25 Mar 13

EvanJames said :

I wonder how many of them were done for having too-loud bikes? Yeah, none. As usual.

When something is in the too hard basket and there’s an element of fear particularly when dealing with OMC’s it’s far easier to turn a blind eye.

EvanJames EvanJames 10:10 pm 25 Mar 13

I wonder how many of them were done for having too-loud bikes? Yeah, none. As usual.

LSWCHP LSWCHP 8:09 pm 25 Mar 13

patrick_keogh said :

Sunday morning northbound just after the Horse Park/Majura and Northbourne intersection there was the booze bus, the sniffer dogs, more than a dozen police vehicles, witches hats etc. etc. etc.

I think it was the “… and don’t hurry back” farewell from our law enforcement. They were not even remotely interested in my Skoda 🙂

Sounds like the same crew I saw. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a bigger collection of cops and equipment in over 30 years living in Canberra.

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