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Speed Camera between Gungahlin Dr and Ellenborough Street

By c` - 23 November 2009 39

Yes, an “I got caught question”.

Is there something wrong with these speed traps? I just received two fines in the mail today for consecutive days (15 and 16 November). The both allege I was doing 90+ on both occasions.

I find this surprising as I take this road every day and the signs pretty clearly indicate that a revenue trap is ahead. My last speeding ticket was 10 years ago and I’ve been driving for nearly 20 years. If it’s true I’ve done those speeds then I will cop it, but twice within 24 hours is a little weird for me.

So I’m just asking whether anyone else has received a surprise in the mail re this speed camera?

What’s Your opinion?


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Speed Camera between Gungahlin Dr and Ellenborough Street
caf 12:53 pm 24 Nov 09

The difference between old and new tires can definitely be in the ballpark of a 10% difference in indicated speed (with new tires causing the speedo to indicate slower).

I was more thinking of going to a reputable workshop than doing it yourself with a GPS, although that should give you a rough indication. I just think it’s more likely for the inaccurate equipment to be the one in your car rather than the one in the speed camera.

c` 11:56 am 24 Nov 09

caf said :

Might be worth getting the speedometer in your car recalibrated.

I have got new tyres but they’re the same as the OEM spec so I can’t imagine they’d be responsible for a 10-15% variation in indicated speed. I was meaning to check indicated v GPS speed yesterday and will do so tonight. We don’t have a GPS unit but do have GPS capable phones.

Punter said :

I’m not trying to be captain obvious c’, but if you can confidently say you weren’t exceeding the limit on those occaisions when you passed the camera, then that would warrant questioning the relevant authority as to the accuracy of their equipment.

You do have a choice, there must be some fine print on the tickets giving you some options. Good luck with it.

Appreciate the clarification. I can’t say I am completely confident but it is very rare for me to speed – particularly in the urban environment.

phil m 11:47 am 24 Nov 09

I am afraid to report, but I regularly cruise through those cameras at 80 (sometimes 82 or 83 even) and have not received any fines from them. Not sure if I was going through on those specific days, but all the same.
It is easy to lose concentration for a few minutes and find yourself doing a dreaded 7 or 8 k over without even meaning to. Perhaps the heat or some other stresses were getting to you.

It seems like all speed cameras do to me is teach me to stare more at my speedo than at the road, or the back of the next person’s car, or other far safer things to be monitoring as closely.

MsCheeky 10:53 am 24 Nov 09

I know where you’re coming from, C. As a rule, I don’t speed, and as an added precaution, often turn my GPS on around town so it will remind me of upcoming speed cameras, and use cruise control. I would be very sceptical if I got a fine.

Kinda related, out city’s finest were out in strength this morning, on Canberra Avenue in peak hour. One motorbike cop with a speed camera at Fyshwick, one speed camera van at Narrabundah and one cop car with speed camera at Kingston, all focussed on city-bound traffic. However, given that Canberra Avenue city-bound traffic generally crawls along at about 30kmh during peak house, it seemed pointless. Even if it’s a visibility campaign, surely there are more worthwhile places.

Punter 10:53 am 24 Nov 09

I’m not trying to be captain obvious c’, but if you can confidently say you weren’t exceeding the limit on those occaisions when you passed the camera, then that would warrant questioning the relevant authority as to the accuracy of their equipment.

You do have a choice, there must be some fine print on the tickets giving you some options. Good luck with it.

p1 10:38 am 24 Nov 09

I have to say, I understand your concern. If I got a speed camera photo in the mail I would be pissed with myself, but would have to assume it was a momentary lapse in concentration. However two such lapses on consecutive days does seem unlikely (personally, I have been known to speed, but I make a point of not doing it past fixed, well advertised, cameras).

Unless the government comes out publicly with a statement to the effect that the calibration was out those days though, you might well be stuck with coincidence as an explanation.

caf 10:17 am 24 Nov 09

Might be worth getting the speedometer in your car recalibrated.

c` 10:06 am 24 Nov 09

I also appreciate that the obvious answer might be the correct one.

c` 9:59 am 24 Nov 09

Punter said :

You really shouldn’t have to rely on a notice in the mail to know if you’re speeding. Your cars speedometer will tell you what speed you’re travelling at. I would suggest you check it as a matter of routine while driving, particularly when passing a speed camera.

Thanks Punter. I had no idea what the spinning dials in front of me were for. Now that’s cleared up….

Like I said, I’ll cop it if I have to (and I probably don’t have a choice) but given my driving record and my propensity not to speed, I am quite surprised to have received multiple infringements from the same camera on consecutive days. It may simply be a coincidence, but there could be other reasons. This is what I am asking about.

H1NG0 9:09 am 24 Nov 09

Let me guess…SUV? Ford Territory? Am I close?

Punter 7:03 am 24 Nov 09

You really shouldn’t have to rely on a notice in the mail to know if you’re speeding. Your cars speedometer will tell you what speed you’re travelling at. I would suggest you check it as a matter of routine while driving, particularly when passing a speed camera.

canucksfan 12:05 am 24 Nov 09

Shame about the tickets. I drive through those cameras pretty much every day and touch wood have yet to recieve the dreaded letter in the mail. People do accelerate though to get ahead as the two lanes merge(travelling into the city) and i always think people must be getting stung. 90+ though seems a little over the top as as you said its pretty obvious and everybody else is trying to stay below 80. Good luck with the photo’s.

c` 11:48 pm 23 Nov 09

It was me driving. I even know what I was doing on those days (coming and going from the Dickson Pool with the tin lids). Just baffled that I could be rolled twice in two days. I’m going to get the photos because I simply can’t believe that I’ve done this.

Ceej1973 10:34 pm 23 Nov 09

Who else is driving the car?

dr phil 9:52 pm 23 Nov 09

They were our hot days. must be twice as hot inside the box, what ever the temp was those days, I just remeber being f****** hot

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