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By aa - 25 October 2007 37

As many of you are aware, there are speed cameras all over Canberra now. I personally don’t have an issue with them IF they are in the so called black spots. What I do have an issue with is the ones on Tuggeranong Park way. I have been driving along the road, going the speed limit when all of a sudden cars infront of me (who were also going the speed limit) decide to slam on their breaks and go 80 instead of the 100. This has happen to me several times in the past couple of week. In my opinion, this is going to cause a lot of accidents. People should know that they can still travel 100 and don’t need to go 80. Also I’d like to see the stats that they went by and show me how many accidents did actually happen at that spot in the past few years and I have a feeling that will jump due to idiot slamming on their breaks for no reason.

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Speed Camera
Ingeegoodbee 6:18 pm 25 Oct 07

I’m with you Cameron. If there’s one thing that Canberra Drivers do to rival the incompetence of other states it’s absolutely pathetic merging. Time and time again these dopes dawdle up to the end of the feeder lane at less than the speed limit and I’ve even seen some useless dogs parked at the intersection – WTF are they waiting for!

In the land of the free you get a bloody big fine for failing to merge at the posted speed limit … can’t see why you wouldn’t introduce that law here.

Cameron 5:39 pm 25 Oct 07

If the people coming from Cotter Road actually used the on ramp to accelerate to 100kph (instead of cruising down the ramp at 80 and hoping that the parkway traffic will slow and let them in) and blend in with the traffic, there wouldn’t be a problem.

betty 5:27 pm 25 Oct 07

I think the placement of the parkway speed camera is intended to keep people at 100 so that others can merge safely (northbound) from cotter rd.

About bloody time.

Cameron 4:10 pm 25 Oct 07

Hmm – I agree that most of them are here for revenue not safety, but I think the “text wording” signs are pretty bloody obvious.

Jonathon Reynolds 4:08 pm 25 Oct 07

What pisses me off is that the Speed Camera Ahead signs are “text wording” (sorry no pictures) instead of being obvious.

NSW RTA got it right with the signage
http://www.rta.nsw.gov.au/roadsafety/speedandspeedcameras/fixeddigitalspeedcameras/signageatspeedcamerasites.html

This reinforces the issue in the ACT that the cameras are for revenue not safety.

Cameron 3:40 pm 25 Oct 07

I believe the rule is that residential streets are 50kph unless signposted otherwise – a system that I thought was also in place in NSW.

I don’t think there’s a problem for residential streets though. The problem with the signposting relates exactly to what Gungahlin Al has said, in that there are plenty of areas that could be anywhere between 70 and 100 and aren’t signposted at key entry points.

Adza 3:14 pm 25 Oct 07

I agree, speed signs in Canberra are shocking. Most NSW towns have taken the time to signpost every single road.. if you go from a 60 to a 50 road, it is signposted.. if it’s not then it continues to be 60.

Canberra just took the cheap option and said everywhere in Canberra is 50, unless otherwise signposted.

Canberra should take the time to introduce the same system as NSW.

Gungahlin Al 2:28 pm 25 Oct 07

Well I’ll toss a different spin on the issue. There are next to no bloody speed signs around Canberra!

This was rammed home to me again this week when as a northside worker, I had to go to Woden. Came out of Hindmarsh (a pretty major intersection I would think) onto the Parkway heading north.
No speed sign – is the road 80/90/100? I dunno.

Then a few klicks north you come across a “Speed camera ahead” sign. So what are you going to do? Slow down to 80 just in case. After all, there are plenty of 100-suitable roads around Canberra that are stupidly posted to only 80 (Gungahlin Drive for example).

Then a little further there is the first speed sign since leaving Woden – a 100 sign just 50 metres before the speed camera.

For god sake this is stupid! Get some damn speed signs put in around the place Hargreaves – if it isn’t just the revenue you care about…

dalryk 2:18 pm 25 Oct 07

yeah! you tell it.

Cameron 2:12 pm 25 Oct 07

This has been discussed to death here, here and here – and that’s only from the last two months (as far back as I could be bothered looking).

fnaah 2:05 pm 25 Oct 07

Could we put a brake on all this whining? We all know they’re revenue raisers. How long until they break even, I wonder?

Ingeegoodbee 1:58 pm 25 Oct 07

I’ve experienced the 80km/h in the 100 zone thing to – you know that it’s likely there’ll be a hand full of Sydney drivers about so you just give these incompetents a little room and back off a bit.

pierce 1:47 pm 25 Oct 07

Hey admins, could we perhaps have some sticky posts that sit at the top (or maybe on the side somewhere) so that topics like this get added into a single thread and these endless battles can be fought out in a central location?

Maybe – speed cameras, I hate Stanhope this time because…, climate change/AGW, soft judges, I hate this business because…, smoking and the socialist plot to brainwash our children?

I don’t know how hard this might be, just a thought.

eggman 1:39 pm 25 Oct 07

🙂 i do agree it could cause accidents though since most people are too close

eggman 1:37 pm 25 Oct 07

There is a 100 sign just before the camera and you should be a sufficient distance behind that if the car hit a kangaroo you could stop.

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