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Police Wrap – 19 June

By johnboy - 19 June 2009 48

1. 10% of cars defective?

    ACT Policing has issued 427 Traffic Infringement Notices in past three days during traffic targeting operations in specific locations around Canberra.

    Police and ACT RTA motor vehicle inspectors today (Thursday, June 18) continued targeting locations which have been the subject of complaint or previous police attention. The total number of TINs issued today was 176, following on from the 123 issued yesterday (June 17) – many at the same locations – and 128 on Tuesday (June 16).

    The locations targeted included Archibald St (Lyneham), Canberra Avenue, Richardson Crescent (Conder), Monaro Crescent (Red Hill), and Parliament Drive (Capital Hill). During speed monitoring today at the roadworks on Yamba Drive near Mawson, one motorist was clocked at 90km/h in the 40km/h restricted speed zone.

    One of the defected vehicles yesterday included a late model Range Rover which had all the layers of rubber missing from a tyre, and the tyre’s steel belts fully exposed. This vehicle received a major defect notice and had to be towed away.

    Sergeant Andrew Warry, from ACT Policing Traffic Operations, said that targeted operations such as this would continue at intermittent times in the months ahead, and would be combined with compliance targeting using the RAPID (Recognition and Analysis of Plates IDentified) system.

    “The high number of infringements is a concern to police, as is that around 10 per cent of the vehicles inspected over the three days were found to be defective,” Sgt Warry said.

    “We will continue with this traffic targeting until driver attitudes and behaviour improves.”

2. Belco Soccer Club Blagging:

    ACT Policing is investigating the aggravated robbery of the Belconnen Soccer Club in McKellar around 9.40pm yesterday.

    Two men entered the club and threatened staff with a knife and a firearm.

    The first male offender is described as approximately 5’11”-6’ (180-183cm) tall with a medium build, wearing a grey hooded jumper, dark sunglasses, blue jeans, black gloves and sneakers.

    The second offender is described as Caucasian, approximately 6’3” (190cm) tall, with brown eyes, wearing a grey hooded jumper, blue jeans and white sneakers.

    The offenders fled the scene in an older model white sedan, with a sum of cash.

    No staff or patrons were injured in the robbery.

    Police are appealing for anyone who may have witnessed the robbery and are yet to speak with police, or who may know the identity of the offenders to contact Crime Stoppers.

3. A step up from exploding post boxes:

    ACT Policing’s Collision Investigation and Reconstruction Team are investigating a collision outside the Australia Post building in Weston today (June 19).

    Police were called to the scene around 10.39am after reports a vehicle had collided with the building, hitting an elderly pedestrian as she stood outside the post office.

    The driver, a 69-year-old man from Holder was conveyed to The Canberra Hospital suffering from shock.

    The 79-year-old pedestrian from Holder, was conveyed to The Canberra Hospital with severe leg injuries.

    Police are yet to determine the cause of the collision or whether any charges will be laid.

    Police would urge anyone who witnessed the collision and are yet to speak to police, to contact Crime Stoppers.

If you can help police contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or online.

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Police Wrap – 19 June
Igglepiggle 1:05 pm 19 Jun 09

Richardson St has also had lots of people ignoring the No right turn between 7 & 9am sign- some even did it this week in full view of the police and then were affronted when they got fines. The street also has a Local traffic only sign. People are using it during the Tharwa Drive duplication in order to try and get a few cars earlier in the queue when they rejoin Tharwa Drive at the Mentone view roundabout- because after bitching about needing the duplication done for years apparently its too hard to just be patient and wait in the queue while the roadworks are on. Also, going 40km/hr in the roadworks zone is apparently too hard too, despite the road conditions being difficult and dangerous at any faster speed 24 hours a day. Morons.

FC 12:39 pm 19 Jun 09

Jivrashia said :

The locations targeted included Archibald St (Lyneham),

I think this was on top of booking people turning in to Archibald St from Mouat St at a no right turn sign (8am ~ 9:30am weekdays). This blitz is quite regular (every 2~3months) so be wary, or don’t do it.
Also turning in to Goodwin St from Mouat St. Same deal.

I got pulled over here a couple of months back. Even though I lived in the next street i still didn’t count as ‘local traffic’. The policeman said he would check my record and if I had a good driving record I’d get a warning, and if not a fine.
I was cheering that I only got a warning as I’ve been fined for speeding before and thought that would count as poor driving record.

FC 12:37 pm 19 Jun 09

Clown Killer said :

I only drive about 30,000km a year but I would not be able to remember the last time I saw a car with only one headlight or a defective set of brake lights.

If 20% was right, then there would be at least 26,000 cars on ACT roads with that defect (based on one car per household over 130000 households). Further, going back to the original post, if from a sample of over 4000 vehicles the police managed just over 400 infringement notices, why were they ignoring the other 10% of cars with bung headlights or tail lights. I just don’t buy it.

I always see cars with only one break light working, or one headlight dimmer than the other.
Also – don’t forget that some of the cars also could have been given a warning for having a headlight out etc.

Jivrashia 12:02 pm 19 Jun 09

The locations targeted included Archibald St (Lyneham),

I think this was on top of booking people turning in to Archibald St from Mouat St at a no right turn sign (8am ~ 9:30am weekdays). This blitz is quite regular (every 2~3months) so be wary, or don’t do it.
Also turning in to Goodwin St from Mouat St. Same deal.

Clown Killer 11:58 am 19 Jun 09

I only drive about 30,000km a year but I would not be able to remember the last time I saw a car with only one headlight or a defective set of brake lights.

If 20% was right, then there would be at least 26,000 cars on ACT roads with that defect (based on one car per household over 130000 households). Further, going back to the original post, if from a sample of over 4000 vehicles the police managed just over 400 infringement notices, why were they ignoring the other 10% of cars with bung headlights or tail lights. I just don’t buy it.

peterh 11:48 am 19 Jun 09

SheepGroper said :

peterh said :

Fog in the day is usually a good time to discover that the idiot in front of you has been able to lash out on a doof doof stereo, but cannot afford to fix their brake lights, probably by replacing the bulbs…

Maybe they don’t know a bulb blew? It should be obvious if a headlight doesn’t work at night, but even if you check once a week it could be days before you realise an indicator or brake light has gone.

People usually are quick to point out to others when there is a problem with brake lights or indicators. I had a bulb go yesterday – in the trip to a car parts place, 5 people mentioned it to me at the lights. all ok now.

SheepGroper 11:43 am 19 Jun 09

peterh said :

Fog in the day is usually a good time to discover that the idiot in front of you has been able to lash out on a doof doof stereo, but cannot afford to fix their brake lights, probably by replacing the bulbs…

Maybe they don’t know a bulb blew? It should be obvious if a headlight doesn’t work at night, but even if you check once a week it could be days before you realise an indicator or brake light has gone.

peterh 11:38 am 19 Jun 09

Clown Killer said :

Around 20% of vechiles I see each night are defective in the headlight/taillight department.

I’m going to call you on that one. One in five vehicles have either a defective headlight or tail-light? Bullsh!t.

CK, I spend a lot of my time in a car as well, and TP3000 is pretty well spot on re the headlights and tail lights. fog in the day is usually a good time to discover that the idiot in front of you has been able to lash out on a doof doof stereo, but cannot afford to fix their brake lights, probably by replacing the bulbs…

Clown Killer 11:12 am 19 Jun 09

Around 20% of vechiles I see each night are defective in the headlight/taillight department.

I’m going to call you on that one. One in five vehicles have either a defective headlight or tail-light? Bullsh!t.

Tooks 11:10 am 19 Jun 09

They don’t only do it in June, TP3000. I agree with your other points though.

TP 3000 11:04 am 19 Jun 09

Tooks said :

It’s used as a bit of a shortcut to avoid traffic delays on Tharwa Drive.

It has always been used a shortcut before the roadworks. Which is why I am surprised that they didn’t scrap the roundabout at Mentone View & Tharwa Drive when they started the duplication. They could of even just made it a left turn only road & sped things up through Conder.

But I wonder why the Police were surprised at such a high number of illegal vechiles. Maybe because they only do it in June of each year. Around 20% of vechiles I see each night are defective in the headlight/taillight department. Then another 5% without number plates & another 10% speeding or braking road rules. Just to clear it up I am on a big green/orange vechile that sees everything all day long.

Clown Killer 11:03 am 19 Jun 09

One of the defected vehicles yesterday included a late model Range Rover which had all the layers of rubber missing from a tyre, and the tyre’s steel belts fully exposed. This vehicle received a major defect notice and had to be towed away.

With a bit of shopping around you can pick up one of these noble beasts for a fraction of the original purchase price – but that’s not much good if you then cant afford to stump up the $450-odd to replace a worn tyre.

Hells_Bells74 10:50 am 19 Jun 09

Sorry for the staff and patrons to go through that ordeal but if you insist on having the very front reception doubling as your pokie change counter added no visible security it may occasionally happen.

Tooks 10:47 am 19 Jun 09

It’s used as a bit of a shortcut to avoid traffic delays on Tharwa Drive.

RAGD 10:39 am 19 Jun 09

Why Richardson Crescent in Conder? It’s just a small street , from what I can see in Google Maps.

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