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RAPID results

By johnboy - 23 May 2011 29

ACT Policing’s RAPID (Recognition and Analysis of Plates Identified) team has issued a total of 134 infringement notices to drivers over the past five days.

Between Wednesday (May 18) and Sunday (May 22), members from the RAPID team detected 57 unregistered vehicles, 24 uninsured vehicles and 14 unlicensed drivers.

Ten motorists were issued TINs for using a handheld mobile phone while driving and another three motorists were issued TINs for failing to wear a seatbelt.

During this operational period, a man’s vehicle was seized for 90 days, and he will be summonsed to face the ACT Magistrates Court at a later date charged with performing a burnout, driving an unregistered and uninsured vehicle, and driving whilst suspended.

Officer in Charge of Traffic Operations Jeff Knight said that RAPID remained an important element of traffic enforcement and would de deployed on a targeted basis.

“Motorists who fail to register or insure their cars are ignoring their responsibility as road users and endangering others. We will continue to target these people and by doing so, make ACT roads safer for everyone,” Sergeant Knight said.

[Courtesy ACT Policing]

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RAPID results
magiccar9 1:02 pm 23 May 11

p1 said :

what needs to be increased is the rate at which it is enforced.

+1 for that

p1 12:55 pm 23 May 11

magiccar9 said :

p1 said :

[The response to this is an accusation that I don’t care about safety?

I never said that mate. You clearly stated that you do care about safety in previous posts, I never doubted that. I was merely saying that the punishment isn’t hard enough when considering alternate outcomes from the situation.

Fair enough, I guess I should have seen that as a comment to the world, and not aimed so much at me.

Although I very much feel that this is an aspect of road safety where the punishment is probably about right, and what needs to be increased is the rate at which it is enforced.

magiccar9 12:31 pm 23 May 11

p1 said :

[The response to this is an accusation that I don’t care about safety?

I never said that mate. You clearly stated that you do care about safety in previous posts, I never doubted that. I was merely saying that the punishment isn’t hard enough when considering alternate outcomes from the situation.

Spideydog 12:31 pm 23 May 11

p1 said :

magiccar9 said :

People need to learn that they aren’t the only ones on the road. Laws are there for a reason. We don’t always agree with them but hell, we have to obey them. And that means ALL of us. If they keep issuing petty little fines, then the message is never going to get through. Its about time the cops got tough on this sort of stuff!

Isn’t this exactly why he was given a fine and the loss of three points (one quarter of the total points you have? This is the equivalent of speeding 15km/h over the limit, and more serious then running a stop sign. It is also a pretty big chunk of an apprentices fortnightly income.

I posted in this thread with the belief that I was giving and example that the police were interested in enforcing this danger on the road, and the punishment when you are caught is significant enough that people should rethink their actions. The response to this is an accusation that I don’t care about safety?

Additionally, Police don’t set the fines or demerit points ……. they are set by government !!!!! In saying that, I think the penalties are about right. To most people, they do hit pretty hard.

p1 12:19 pm 23 May 11

magiccar9 said :

People need to learn that they aren’t the only ones on the road. Laws are there for a reason. We don’t always agree with them but hell, we have to obey them. And that means ALL of us. If they keep issuing petty little fines, then the message is never going to get through. Its about time the cops got tough on this sort of stuff!

Isn’t this exactly why he was given a fine and the loss of three points (one quarter of the total points you have? This is the equivalent of speeding 15km/h over the limit, and more serious then running a stop sign. It is also a pretty big chunk of an apprentices fortnightly income.

I posted in this thread with the belief that I was giving and example that the police were interested in enforcing this danger on the road, and the punishment when you are caught is significant enough that people should rethink their actions. The response to this is an accusation that I don’t care about safety?

Spideydog 12:11 pm 23 May 11

dvaey said :

DarkLadyWolfMother said :

It would also be nice if the police weren’t allowed to do it as well. Nearly got T-boned by a cop doing just that… I wish I’d been smart enough to get his number…

That would have achieved nothing, except you being told it was official police busines and the laws dont apply to them, oh and by the way can we grab your name, address, DOB and drivers licence number, just to complete our paperwork? We promise your complaint wont be linked to any details you provide, honest.

I see you have the tin foil hat on again dvaey ……..

Eppo 11:44 am 23 May 11

magiccar9 said :

p1 said :

magiccar9 said :

p1 said :

One of my friends got done for talking on the phone on the weekend.

$270 and three points, for those interested.

Its about time the cops got tough on this sort of stuff!

Cops enforce laws, they don’t make them. Your local member might be a better start.

magiccar9 11:16 am 23 May 11

p1 said :

magiccar9 said :

p1 said :

One of my friends got done for talking on the phone on the weekend.

$270 and three points, for those interested.

Is it going to stop them doing it in the future? If they are like any other Canberra driver they will pay the small fine and continue to commit the offense.

The police need to get real with these drivers. If they are so desperate to talk on the phone, the police should take those instead and make them watch while they are crushed into a cube. Hit them where it hurts!

Ummm, are you for real? I actually thought that three points and $270 was a pretty solid punishment. I sure made me think about the odd occasion where I have broken that law.

I’m not saying it is too step. You only have to pay if you break the rules and all that, but really? Crushed into a cube? Are you also the sort who think people who speed one km/h over the limit are responsible all the evil in the world?

Solid punishment? Really? Did you consider the number of people’s lives that your friend put in danger when committing the offense? What would have happened it they lost control of the car and killed someone? “Sorry officer I know I just killed someone but I really need to finish this call”

People need to learn that they aren’t the only ones on the road. Laws are there for a reason. We don’t always agree with them but hell, we have to obey them. And that means ALL of us. If they keep issuing petty little fines, then the message is never going to get through. Its about time the cops got tough on this sort of stuff!

dvaey 11:09 am 23 May 11

DarkLadyWolfMother said :

It would also be nice if the police weren’t allowed to do it as well. Nearly got T-boned by a cop doing just that… I wish I’d been smart enough to get his number…

That would have achieved nothing, except you being told it was official police busines and the laws dont apply to them, oh and by the way can we grab your name, address, DOB and drivers licence number, just to complete our paperwork? We promise your complaint wont be linked to any details you provide, honest.

p1 10:58 am 23 May 11

magiccar9 said :

p1 said :

One of my friends got done for talking on the phone on the weekend.

$270 and three points, for those interested.

Is it going to stop them doing it in the future? If they are like any other Canberra driver they will pay the small fine and continue to commit the offense.

The police need to get real with these drivers. If they are so desperate to talk on the phone, the police should take those instead and make them watch while they are crushed into a cube. Hit them where it hurts!

Ummm, are you for real? I actually thought that three points and $270 was a pretty solid punishment. I sure made me think about the odd occasion where I have broken that law.

I’m not saying it is too step. You only have to pay if you break the rules and all that, but really? Crushed into a cube? Are you also the sort who think people who speed one km/h over the limit are responsible all the evil in the world?

DarkLadyWolfMother 10:57 am 23 May 11

magiccar9 said :

Is it going to stop them doing it in the future? If they are like any other Canberra driver they will pay the small fine and continue to commit the offense.

The police need to get real with these drivers. If they are so desperate to talk on the phone, the police should take those instead and make them watch while they are crushed into a cube. Hit them where it hurts!

It would also be nice if the police weren’t allowed to do it as well. Nearly got T-boned by a cop doing just that… I wish I’d been smart enough to get his number…

LeatherJen 10:56 am 23 May 11

Talking on the phone while driving is fine. Just make sure you’re using a proper hands free kit (not one of those stupid earphone things).

magiccar9 10:47 am 23 May 11

p1 said :

One of my friends got done for talking on the phone on the weekend.

$270 and three points, for those interested.

Is it going to stop them doing it in the future? If they are like any other Canberra driver they will pay the small fine and continue to commit the offense.

The police need to get real with these drivers. If they are so desperate to talk on the phone, the police should take those instead and make them watch while they are crushed into a cube. Hit them where it hurts!

p1 10:37 am 23 May 11

One of my friends got done for talking on the phone on the weekend.

$270 and three points, for those interested.

The Frots 10:22 am 23 May 11

Please tell us there was a late model, silver Commodore caught in this lot? Hmmm….?

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