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Police Wrap – 1 October 2010

By johnboy - 1 October 2010 14

1. But what if I am that special?

A two month targeted campaign conducted by ACT Policing’s Traffic Operations resulted in 673 infringement notices issued to drivers for using hand-held mobile phones while driving, twice as many for the same period last year.

The campaign, which ran throughout August and September, was part of a whole-of-government approach to road safety comprising law enforcement, advertising and public relations.

To reinforce the message of road safety, Variable Message Boards (VMBs) were positioned at locations throughout the territory and displayed such messages as “HANG UP AND DRIVE/ YOU’RE NOT THAT SPECIAL’.

Sergeant Jeff Knight from ACT Policing’s Traffic Operations expressed his concern that Canberra drivers were not getting the message in relation to using a mobile phone while driving.

“Canberra motorists are listening to what is being said on the phone when they should be listening to us. Motorists are still choosing to use their mobile phone while driving,” Sgt Knight said.

Police will continue to target the use of mobile phones by motorists and those who are caught face a fine of $271 and a lose of three demerit points.

A special focus for road safety during October will be for speeding motorists. Motorists who exceed the speed limit could lose up to six demerit points off their licence and face fines up to $1811.

ACT Policing would also like to remind motorists that double demerits will be enforced over the Labour Day long weekend beginning at midnight on Friday (October 1) through to midnight on Monday, October 4.

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Police Wrap – 1 October 2010
terubo 7:19 pm 04 Oct 10

farnakler said:

“I think crushing offender’s cars is something the ACT government should have a good look at. The WA government is using it and it’s being considered by other state government.”

– I agree. Preferably with the offender inside the car.

farnarkler 11:20 am 04 Oct 10

LMR the penalties for drink driving are just as pathetic. An acquaintance recently had a high reading but the magistrate told him that, as he’s had 20 years of incident free driving, the penalty would be 4 months suspension and a $500 fine. That’s a doddle. Again, had the penalty been say a year’s suspension and a $5000 fine, he may have thought differently about driving that night.

Anna Key 8:05 am 04 Oct 10

farnarkler said :

The $271 fine is (how on earth did they come up with $271??) too low. Make the fine $5000 and people might sit up and obey the law.

I though large fines like $5000+ are reserved for extremely serious crimes, like running onto the SCG during a cricket match

LMR 10:01 pm 03 Oct 10

We have all heard the studies saying that talking on mobiles is as dangerious as driving with a BAC of 0.05.
If the govenrment is serious, and the studies are to be believed, why dont the government make the penalties the same? I wonder..

And as for those illuminated signs everywhere, the one that gives me the shits the most is the ‘Shut up and drive, its the law’ Im sorry its NOT the law, where in the law does it state that being anything other than absolutly silent while driving is a breach of the law? Its bullshit, and this one sign makes the whole campaign a farce, it appears to be deliberate misinformation. What has led our government to consider us so frakking stupid?

Mully was only one man.

farnarkler 12:04 pm 03 Oct 10

Fines all round aren’t big enough to deter people from offending. An acquaintance recorded a high range drink driving reading recently and only got 4 months and $500.

Had the penalty been a $5000 fine and his car crushed he might have thought differently.

I think crushing offender’s cars is something the ACT government should have a good look at. The WA government is using it and it’s being considered by other state government.

Brindabella 9:29 am 03 Oct 10

Agreed. Put the fine up. $271 doesn’t cover the life damage and cost to the community.

Watch these if you dare…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R0LCmStIw9E
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=72gRlWXgD0o

Wilco 8:43 am 03 Oct 10

The use of hand held mobile ‘phones while driving is symptomatic of the more general attitude among many drivers that the law doesn’t apply to them. Many drivers think they should be able to get away with it. They wouldn’t tolerate lawbreaking by somebody else but they do it themselves without thinking.

While anti-social behaviour is usually defined as rowdy youths or vandalism, for many it is the antics of drivers who refuse to accept that use of mobile ‘phone rules and speed limits apply to them.

Driving without care or consideration for other road users is probably among the worst kind of anti-social behaviour in its truest sense, because serious offenders can, and do, kill.

The weekend carnage on NSW roads is a case in point – see http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/here-we-have-a-family-thats-been-obliterated-20101002-161xg.html

farnarkler 5:54 pm 02 Oct 10

The $271 fine is (how on earth did they come up with $271??) too low. Make the fine $5000 and people might sit up and obey the law.

Tooks 4:46 pm 02 Oct 10

terubo said :

I find it seriously distracting to read quaint messages on VMBs (such as the one on Tugg. Parkway) whilst travelling at 100kph.

Really? Anyone who is that easily distracted probably shouldn’t be driving. Can’t be too distracting – haven’t seen a prang near a VMB yet.

p1 4:41 pm 02 Oct 10

terubo said :

I find it seriously distracting to read quaint messages on VMBs (such as the one on Tugg. Parkway) whilst travelling at 100kph.

What I find irritating is when messages are shown in two alternating parts. Usually, while driving, I read signs by glancing at them for a moment, while continually, checking the road ahead, nearby, and my mirrors (and sometimes eating a hamburger, drinking, talking on my mobile etc….). Long signs, take more then one glance to read the whole thing. I find the VMBs always seem to be in sync with my checks, so that I see part of them message in the first glance, then when I look back a few moments later, it is either still showing the same part, or has cycled through and is showing it again.

terubo 2:19 pm 02 Oct 10

I find it seriously distracting to read quaint messages on VMBs (such as the one on Tugg. Parkway) whilst travelling at 100kph.

Freddyp 7:32 am 02 Oct 10

Good start, guys. Didn’t someone say that the fines for idiots using their mobes while driving are going up? Bring it on.

Anna Key 7:28 am 02 Oct 10

“The campaign, which ran throughout August and September, was part of a whole-of-government approach to road safety comprising law enforcement, advertising and public relations.”

A whole of govt approach? Does the ACT govt really only consist of police and a marketing department?

Madman 5:11 pm 01 Oct 10

Use Trapster on your phone and you will more than likely avoid a fine! LOL

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