On Thursday at 5:15pm ish I was driving back to Tuggeronong along the parkway. Doing my usual sticking to 100kph (indicated on GPS, but give it +-10% to prevent the replies about speedio accuracy :-)) and normally in the left lane but going into the right to overtake.
Passing the zoo, as I was overtaking a few cars and caravan, I noticed a Police car some distance behind, but getting nearer. No worries, the lights/siren were not on and so just another vehicle.
As was was still overtaking the Police car came up behind and tailgated like he really wanted a good sniff of my backside. Not to be intimidated by the idiot, I completed my manouver, going back into the left once passed the slower cars and leaving a suitable gap (IE. Not cutting them up as the bone head in the Police car obviously was trying to force me to do.).
Once back into the left lane he then proceeded to shoot past, obviously breaking the speed limit even if my speed was 10% slower than indicated and his was 10% higher.
The thing that really got the hairs on my neck to bristle was when he slowed (brake lights came on) for the Cotter road speed camera!!! This proved that his speeding was premeditated and he knew he was breaking the law.
Ignoring whether the Parkway should be 100kph or 200kph, that ‘policeman’ was blatantly and knowingly speeding. Not only that but he was so far up my backside he probably had a view of my appendix.
When even the police ignore laws that they have been entrusted to uphold – whether they agree with them or not – what hope is there that they can keep law and order. That guy has been trusted with a firearm and is trusted – and paid – to ensure laws are not broken. I have to say that my respect for ACT police has taken a bit of a kick. I realise that it is just one person (although he did have another ‘policeman’ sat next to him who obviously also doesn’t give a damn about road safety) and every barrel will have the odd rotten apple but it just really bothered me. Why should I stick to speed limits if the ACT Police themselves cant even be bothered. Its just not right.
I’m currently writing to the ACT Police, copying the Chief Minister, about this (although I didnt get the rego) and will let you fellow Rioters what the response is. Unfortunately, my money is that I get a fobbing off response – which will unhealthily reduce my respect even more.