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School Zone Flashers

By MOCS - 25 July 2013 48

When approaching a school zone this morning I was in no doubt that it was being monitored by radar bearing police as I had three cars in a row flash their headlights at me. While I’m all for sticking it to the establishment I still have to wonder about the thought process of these rebel flashers. Now either they were warning me in case I was someone who purposely speeds through school zones or someone who doesn’t pay enough attention to notice school zones. Now personally I’d prefer those who fit either of these categories to be caught in the hope that they then cease speeding through schools zones but that point of view may be a bit bias as I’m not a moron…

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School Zone Flashers
Aeek 3:35 pm 25 Jul 13

MERC600 said :

What gets me is that we have 40 all day till 4, while our 8 million ( or whatever ) cousins in NSW find it safe enough to only have 40 for a while in the morning and then again in the arvo.

South Aus. is 25 km/h school hours or when children present. Maybe they don’t let their children run around all hours.

Alderney 3:31 pm 25 Jul 13

I’d advocate random flashing to get people to slow down regardless.

It’s all in the name of safety after all.

KB1971 3:31 pm 25 Jul 13

Grimm said :

School zones are the only place I won’t flash to warn of the speed van.
Anywhere else, I’m quite happy to do my bit to stop revenue raising while pretending it’s about safety.

I travel through 3 school zones every day going both to and from work, but amazingly am yet to see a single speed camera in the school zones. Find a piece of divided, 2 lane either way road with an 80 or over speed limit, and that’s where the speed camera will be. When that changes, I may buy into these things being for anything but revenue raising.

It is actually legislated that they cannot set up in a variable speed zone (or it used to be anyway).

Grimm 3:11 pm 25 Jul 13

puggle said :

A helpful driver flashed their lights at me yesterday… she was multitasking while driving and talking on the phone.

Yeah, last time I saw somebody doing that, it annoyed me so much that I wound down my window and threw my beer at her.

Erg0 3:10 pm 25 Jul 13

Barcham said :

The supposed goal of police, speed vans, and the road rules themselves is to increase safety. If flashing your lights makes someone slow down before seeing a van does, then that is a good thing.

Less people get hurt, more people drive safely. Safety is the goal and safety is what we get.

I’m thinking that a fine would have a greater long term impact on the speeder’s behaviour than a warning from a “kindly” motorist. Flashing your lights just trains morons to rely on others to pay attention on their behalf.

lovelydovely 3:07 pm 25 Jul 13

Mothy said :

Saw an amazing number of numpties in the Gungahlin region getting about today with no headlights despite pea-soup fog at that time of morning this morning.

Were you:

1. In Gungahlin
2. Driving without headlights

If so, guilty.

Speed cameras I won’t flash for. Lights yes.

OMG this. It’s sooo foggy where I live (Crace) and the number of tradies I see (or almost don’t see) every morning without lights on is ridiculous. Such a safety hazard, and not that hard to fix!

A_Cog 3:03 pm 25 Jul 13

Solidarity said :

You sound like a really fun person.

+1

This made me LOL on an otherwise crappy day 🙂

Barcham 2:40 pm 25 Jul 13

watto23 said :

Look it would be great to catch those people but what if headlight flashing slowed them down and they thus narrowly avoided hitting someone? That would be a positive. Even the most competent and best drivers do occasionally have a bad day, or get a headache/illness etc. that could cause them to suffer a lapse in concentration.

This.

The supposed goal of police, speed vans, and the road rules themselves is to increase safety. If flashing your lights makes someone slow down before seeing a van does, then that is a good thing.

Less people get hurt, more people drive safely. Safety is the goal and safety is what we get.

Also of note that the ‘warning flash’ is possibly the only example of human kindness I see on the road, where it usually seems that people are insane selfish beasts looking to devour each other, so I’m all for that too.

Zeital 2:38 pm 25 Jul 13

or you know they could just be nice people who like to warn you that you are about to hit a speed trap, or your lights where off when they should be on…..

puggle 2:35 pm 25 Jul 13

A helpful driver flashed their lights at me yesterday… she was multitasking while driving and talking on the phone.

MERC600 2:32 pm 25 Jul 13

What gets me is that we have 40 all day till 4, while our 8 million ( or whatever ) cousins in NSW find it safe enough to only have 40 for a while in the morning and then again in the arvo. I guess it don’t realy worry me untill I go along that stretch in Namatjira drive, which seems to go forever.

Mothy 2:29 pm 25 Jul 13

Saw an amazing number of numpties in the Gungahlin region getting about today with no headlights despite pea-soup fog at that time of morning this morning. Were you:

1. In Gungahlin
2. Driving without headlights

If so, guilty.

Speed cameras I won’t flash for. Lights yes.

watto23 2:24 pm 25 Jul 13

Look it would be great to catch those people but what if headlight flashing slowed them down and they thus narrowly avoided hitting someone? That would be a positive. Even the most competent and best drivers do occasionally have a bad day, or get a headache/illness etc. that could cause them to suffer a lapse in concentration.

Grimm 2:18 pm 25 Jul 13

School zones are the only place I won’t flash to warn of the speed van.
Anywhere else, I’m quite happy to do my bit to stop revenue raising while pretending it’s about safety.

I travel through 3 school zones every day going both to and from work, but amazingly am yet to see a single speed camera in the school zones. Find a piece of divided, 2 lane either way road with an 80 or over speed limit, and that’s where the speed camera will be. When that changes, I may buy into these things being for anything but revenue raising.

Solidarity 2:14 pm 25 Jul 13

You sound like a really fun person.

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