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Police Wrap – 2 July

By johnboy 3 July 2009 41

1. Joint RTA/Police bust:

    ACT Policing officers this morning (Friday, July 3) issued 80 Traffic infringement Notices (TINs), mostly for speeding offences, during an operation aimed at safe winter driving.

    From 6am today police operated laser speed detection on Barry Drive, Caswell Drive, Belconnen Way and the Gungahlin Drive extension in the Belconnen area, then later at Springvale Drive in Hawker, on Monaro Crescent in Red Hill and within the speed-restricted roadworks on Yamba Drive, in Phillip.

    Police were also joined by RTA vehicle inspectors.

    The highest speed detected this morning was 129 km/h in an 80 km/h zone on Caswell Drive. The driver who committed this offence was an unaccompanied learner. This offence attracted a fine of $1647, plus a further $90 for being an unaccompanied learner.

    On Belconnen Way, another driver was detected at 103 km/h in a 60 km/h zone.

    RTA inspectors issued 20 defect notices, mostly for inoperable/faulty lights and tyres with insufficient tread.

2. Thuggies collared:

    Two male youths will appear in the ACT Childrens Court this morning (Friday, July 3) on charges related to an aggravated robbery in Griffith on July 1.

    Police arrested the two youths after performing a traffic stop on a white Holden Commodore on Canberra Ave, Kingston around 10.27pm last night (July 2).

    Police will allege that the youths, both from Canberra’s southern suburbs, aided and abetted an aggravated robbery on three teenage males walking home from Manuka on Captain Cook Crescent around midnight on July 1.

    It will be alleged that the pair were among others who were in two vehicles which stopped on Captain Cook Crescent, where the three teenage victims were threatened, and had their wallets and mobile phones stolen.

    The two youths, one aged 16 and the other 17 years, were held in the Regional Watch House last night and will appear in court today.

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cranky 3:57 pm 05 Jul 09

Constant reference is made to the lack of indicating as a factor in poor driving displayed by ACT motorists.

I seldom find that the lack of indication is a problem, the move usually being ‘signalled’ by a driver positioning the vehicle for the move prior to when an indicator is required.

The nonsense of indicating when merging is bureaucracy gone mad. Where else is the vehicle going but straight ahead, into the narrower carriageway? And the vehicle in front has priority! Does it really add to the information the following driver requires to realise that the vehicle in front is going to move into his path?

More a molehill, not a mountain, in road safety terms.

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