Police wrap – 2 November 2010

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1. Once again we disappoint:

In one month over 870 people were issued with Traffic Infringement Notices (TIN’s) for speeding. This is a disappointing result as the focus on speeding was clearly stated at the beginning, and during, the month of October. It is clear from this result that the message about road safety is not sinking in with drivers.

As part of a whole of government road safety campaign, ACT Policing issued 877 TIN’s in October. In addition, 121 people received cautions in the same period for speeding offences.

Of these 877 people, 17 were booked for travelling 45km/h or more over the signposted speed limit. Of the 17 offenders, 2 were female and 15 were male. Each of these drivers were issued with a monetary fine of $1,811, and faced the loss of six demerit points on their licence.

The highest speeds recorded were two 17-year-old males travelling at 169km/h in an 80km/h zone along Adelaide Avenue in Deakin. The next two highest speeds recorded were a 26-year-old male travelling at 153km/h in an 80km/h zone on Yarra Glen, Deakin, and a 25-year-old female travelling at 109km/h in a 40km/h work zone on Tuggeranong Parkway at the Glenloch Interchange.

A 19-year-old male who received an infringement for driving 132km/h in an 80km/h zone on the Monaro Highway is also being investigated for 20 speeding offences as captured by the Traffic Camera Office.

ACT Policing will continue to target all traffic offences for the months of November and December with a particular focus on Drink Driving. In the lead up to Christmas and the New Year, ACT Policing will be conducting random and targeted breath testing in all areas of Canberra.

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2. Page chase ends in Murrumbateman:

ACT Policing officers will attend the Goulburn Magistrates Court tomorrow morning (Wednesday, November 3) to seek the extradition of an 18-year-old man on a series of traffic-related offences.

Police will allege that around 10pm on Sunday evening (October 31), the man had been driving a maroon-coloured Hyundai Sonata sedan on Petterd Street, Page, and failed to stop for random breath testing.

The driver and his companion were pursued through a number of Belconnen suburbs with stop sticks successfully being deployed by police on Southern Cross Drive, Macgregor. Despite a deflated front tyre, the car continued to evade police and headed onto the Barton Highway, driving north towards Murrumbateman.

ACT Policing notified NSW Police of the pursuit as the vehicle crossed the border. The driver eventually stopped the vehicle a few kilometres north of Murrumbateman where he and his passenger were arrested. The driver is currently held in custody in NSW pending his court appearance tomorrow.

Should the extradition order prove successful, the man will be brought to ACT Magistrates Court to face a series of traffic offences including driving in a manner dangerous, failing to obey a police direction, driving an unregistered vehicle, and driving whilst unlicensed.

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[Pictures courtesy of ACT Policing Media]


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Solidarity Solidarity 4:16 pm 02 Nov 10

And how many of these resulted in fatalities…?

DJ DJ 4:26 pm 02 Nov 10

None – what’s your point? Innocent lives were placed at risk due to the stupidity of other drivers who were then caught by Police.

Do we need to have fatalities to educate and enforce the laws that the rest of the community seems to be able to follow? Is the fine and loss of points not enough? Time for a vote JB?

sepi sepi 4:29 pm 02 Nov 10

Doing 109km in a 40km roadwork zone is a good way to try to orchestrate a fatality.

Jim Jones Jim Jones 4:32 pm 02 Nov 10

Solidarity said :

And how many of these resulted in fatalities…?

So speeding fines should only be issued in the event of a fatality?

Is it okay if I throw rocks at people, as long as it doesn’t result in a fatality?

p1 p1 4:39 pm 02 Nov 10

“A 19-year-old male who received an infringement for driving 132km/h in an 80km/h zone on the Monaro Highway is also being investigated for 20 speeding offences as captured by the Traffic Camera Office.”

Car not registered in his name/plates obscured and been speeding past a lot of cameras?

I wonder what they will report if the cops don’t catch anyone speed one month? Obviously not the deaths on the road, since no speeding means there won’t be any of those.

crt crt 4:43 pm 02 Nov 10

And how many of the 860 other TINs were for low level, harmless (yeah flame me!) offences 5-15kms over the limit?

Solidarity Solidarity 4:49 pm 02 Nov 10

If you threw rocks at 877 cars, i’m sure there would be more than a few fatalities.

troll-sniffer troll-sniffer 4:49 pm 02 Nov 10

I think the point is that most Canberra drivers who don’t have a pedantically tipped carrot up their behinds realise that a lot of the time the posted speed limits bear no relationship to actual safety, and act accordingly.

When and if the boffins who are so hung up on the enforcement of speed to the detriment of other more meaningful campaigns and road safety measures, we the drivers will pay them a little more respect.

At the moment a lot of speed limits around town are deserving of nothing but contempt. The most blatant example is the 80km/hr zone on Sutton Road between NSW border and the Queanbeyan turnoff. If ever there was a speed limit to be ignored in perfect safety, that’s it. 70 zone past Brindabella Park to the Fairbairn turnoff. Another joke. 50km/hr all the way up Monaro Cres, one of the widest single lane thoroughfares in the region, another joke. I could go on for hours.

And the authorities wonder why motorists treat speeding fines as a cross between a lottery and extra taxation?

Captain RAAF Captain RAAF 4:51 pm 02 Nov 10

DJ said :

None – what’s your point? Innocent lives were placed at risk due to the stupidity of other drivers who were then caught by Police.

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I mowed the front yard last week and ran over some stones. These could easily have struck cars and killed someone as they drove past. Innocent lives were placed at risk!

I await the police to drag me away.

Look, the ‘message’ that the po-po and the gummint keep saying is not sinking in, is a message in itself! Change the message! This one’s broke.

Deref Deref 5:13 pm 02 Nov 10

I was coming back from Murrumbateman on Sunday night and saw the pursuit. I wondered what the hell was going on. Thanks for solving the mystery.

johnboy johnboy 5:54 pm 02 Nov 10

That’s a long way to drive on one wheel, even for the stig!

DJ DJ 6:37 pm 02 Nov 10

Capt RUFF… if you can, stretch that imagination of yours to include ideas such as intent, negligence and recklessness.

The message isn’t broken – the wheels that educate young drivers are. Who do we blame? Obviously nobody here because it seems that speeding to RA contributors is ok. I know – inserts sarcasm – we can blame the school system, parents, society… anybody but the driver.

vg vg 6:45 pm 02 Nov 10

I’m shocked it took 12 posts to get to The Stig’s involvement

farnarkler farnarkler 6:54 pm 02 Nov 10

Public whippings for the offenders please.

p1 p1 7:23 pm 02 Nov 10

johnboy said :

That’s a long way to drive on one wheel, even for the stig!

I’d be hoping the car had at least three.

    johnboy johnboy 7:47 pm 02 Nov 10

    true, without one wheel would work better.

    Only the one steering wheel though.

Jethro Jethro 7:28 pm 02 Nov 10

So the same crowd that calls for the death penalty for all the would-be Mully’s of the world has leapt to attack the government for having and enforcing speed limits.

Skidbladnir Skidbladnir 8:08 pm 02 Nov 10

I’m not about to be part of the Mully Memorial Death Squad, but the ACT government is busy denying road safety science in favour of a Speed In Excess of Signposted Limit Is Always To Blame policy.
(The US, German, and EU transport bodies agree that its not a simple function of speed, but a) speed in excess of the rated road speed, b) speed in excess of signposted limit, and also c) an individual car’s magnitude of difference from the average speed of traffic that are determinant risk factors.

ACT Govt pursues speed enforcement under the guise of road safety mostly because it pays well (they even come up with policy development frameworks that reinforce this behaviour).

Gerry-Built Gerry-Built 9:22 pm 02 Nov 10

Jesus. How about that 19YO shit that had 20 camera fines? Not to mention the 132kmh in an 8okmh zone. Book throwin’ time!!!

Skidbladnir said :

ACT Govt pursues speed enforcement under the guise of road safety mostly because it pays well (they even come up with policy development frameworks that reinforce this behaviour).

Yes – speeding morons do help prop up the economy nicely…

thatsnotme thatsnotme 10:10 pm 02 Nov 10

Ahhh, I was wondering what all the sirens were around Macgregor the other night – now it all makes sense!

Just glad it wasn’t another accident at the Southern Cross – Florey Drive intersection…although by the sounds of it, that’s probably more good luck than good management.

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