Speed Camera

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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37 Responses to Speed Camera
Ingeegoodbee Ingeegoodbee 12:53 pm 30 Oct 07

Don’t have a boot as such on my climate changing, fossil fuel gulping SUV LM, but fell free to give me a nudge – if I feel the bump, I’ll make a note to scrape yoe off my butt when I get where I’m going.

Lord Mælinar Lord Mælinar 12:49 pm 30 Oct 07

Lucky you’ve never cut me off ingee – on account of I own a very cheap car and don’t consider your legal position very strong.

I am confident of my own driving skills that I won’t damage myself in the resultant prang and I daresay my engine block weighs more than your boot.

Ingeegoodbee Ingeegoodbee 12:48 pm 30 Oct 07

end of rant … possibly.

Ingeegoodbee Ingeegoodbee 12:47 pm 30 Oct 07

Yeah, I probably being provocative, but honestly, the smooth flow of traffic is going to require a bit of give and take. If there’s somthing that pisses me off about the way we drive in Canberra, its the repeated instances of drivers speeding up to close a gap so a car can’t change lanes, merge etc. If you don’t like getting ‘cut off’ then don’t speed up to close the gap, it’s that simple. If you don’t want to get stuck behind a car that’s merging, then move over, if the speed limit’s 100km/h and its safe to do it, then drive at that speed, if you’re worried about getting pinged because you don’t think your speedo is accurate then get the bloodly thing fixed.

Snahons_scv6_berlina Snahons_scv6_berlina 12:38 pm 30 Oct 07

and therein lies the problem Ingeegoodbee.

Thumper Thumper 12:37 pm 30 Oct 07

Hargreaves on TV last night. (or words to the effect of)

‘The Federal government left us with aging infrastructure and no funding to fix it.’

Ah, sorry? Canberra’s problems are due to the federal government putting a local government into power?

Can’t have it both ways Mr Hargreaves…

Ingeegoodbee Ingeegoodbee 12:21 pm 30 Oct 07

You could be onto somthing there LM. On the other hand, I also believe that if you’re not smart enough to move over to the right hand lane and make room for merging traffic then you’d better be prepared to slam on the brakes because I’m going to merge whether you like it or not – It’s simple common sense – just get out of my way.

Lord Mælinar Lord Mælinar 12:13 pm 30 Oct 07

of course the driver of the vehicle attempting to enter traffic would never consider engaging the braking device to allow vehicles already in the lane right of passage as per the law, and just cut in as per the Canberra driving mentality.

Near-miss my ass. Dumbhead driver not abiding by the laws of commonsense and attempting to break the rules of gravity and motion (and a few quantums).

IntimidatedDriver IntimidatedDriver 11:46 am 30 Oct 07

I ahve had a very frustrating experience of trying to enter the parkway since the installation of the camera that has forced people to stay in the left lane..obviously no room for entering traffic!

One day I witnessed a near-miss accident that was about to happen to an entering car at that place (northbound).

Before it was easier to entering cars prior to these cameras were installed ther because cars would mostly go to the right lane to leave room for the entering cars …now they seem to be too nervous/scared to get caught (if they are in the right lane)for speeding if they happen to cross the 100 Km/h limit while trying to give room to others!!

We must keep alerting public and the authorities so that ordinalry law abiding citizens are spared from these excessive over-sensitive detections by faulty (I am sure) cameras so that authorities can look at this issue.

Thumper Thumper 11:45 am 30 Oct 07

“MUST make representations to relevant authorities or Ministers to look at this issue.”

Who? Hargreaves?

hahaha, sorry…

IntimidatedDriver IntimidatedDriver 11:38 am 30 Oct 07

I have serious concerns over the speed camera/s installed near/under the bridge of Cotter road overpass on Tuggeranong Parkway. It appears to be a notorious speed camera that detects regular gentle commuters as traffic speed offenders!

I have heard of a number of people receiving 5-7 speeding tickets issued on offences (ranging from 110 Km/h to 120+ Km/h with fines and demerit points) detected by this particular camera only to normal law abiding commuters/drivers who travel through a number of other traffic cameras on their daily travel/commuting without any problems.
In all cases they were supposedly caught by this particular camera only!! And in most cases the offences caught by this camera being the only traffic offences they have supposedly committed in their entire driving life!

This raises a question on the accuracy of this camera. I strongly believe we (all sufferers of this notorious camera) MUST make representations to relevant authorities or Ministers to look at this issue.

Cameron Cameron 11:55 am 26 Oct 07

VY, if I’m right about the section of the road you mean, I couldn’t agree more. Having said that, it is a completely ridiculous traffic arrangement to begin with.

VYBerlinaV8...the_original_and_best VYBerlinaV8...the_original_and_best 10:45 am 26 Oct 07

“The Cotter Road is not a merging lane. There are lines on the raod that makes the ramp from the Cotter Raod to the Parkway a give-way to the traffic on the Parkway. Theoretically the cars from the Cotter should stop to merge.”

This is exactly the same problem as the southbound lane of the Monaro Hwy heading over the first Fyshwick entry. It’s clearly a give way for the cars from Fyshwick, but everyone steams in as though they have right of way. It would be nice to see some marked police cars targeting this kind of stupid and dangerous behaviour.

smee smee 10:34 am 26 Oct 07

I just checked the Australian Road Rules ( http://www.ntc.gov.au/ViewPage.aspx?page=A022075053009400200 ) and on page 306 it says;

“The traffic sign applies to the driver or pedestrian even though the driver or pedestrian does not pass the sign.”

My friend was wrong.

caf caf 10:15 am 26 Oct 07

I’d like it if we got some of those advisory speed measuring signs installed on that overpass, like the ones on the Hume freeway as you leave Albury. That way people would know how “out” their speedo is, and wouldn’t have to overcompensate.

Rawhide Kid No 2 Rawhide Kid No 2 9:48 am 26 Oct 07

Why don’t they put the 100 sign on the camera warning sign?

Pandy Pandy 9:36 am 26 Oct 07


The Cotter Road is not a merging lane. There are lines on the raod that makes the ramp from the Cotter Raod to the Parkway a give-way to the traffic on the Parkway. Theoretically the cars from the Cotter should stop to merge.

But when will this happen to one of the speed cameras?


Lilli Lilli 9:13 am 26 Oct 07

Ingee, aa – I too have experienced this slowing to around 80 at least 9/10 times I drive along this section of road. From a conversation with my colleagues, I now understand that some drivers want to ensure they are below 100 (also taking into account their car’s speedo may be slightly out) but I still think it is a little excessive to have to slow right down to 80 to make absolutely sure that they are below 100.. perhaps they should have their speedo’s checked if this is their main argument! I think El must be particularly lucky if he has never had to put up with this crazy behaviour, fingers crossed next time I’m on the Parkway I don’t have to!

Ingeegoodbee Ingeegoodbee 9:00 am 26 Oct 07

El, I only go under the Cotter Rd bridge on Saturday mornings and I have definately experienced this sort of thing – it could be a “Saturday” drivers thing, but it does happen.

el ......VNBerlinaV8 el ......VNBerlinaV8 7:02 am 26 Oct 07

Well I travel the road in question every day, and I’m yet to see someone slow down to 80 from 100 for the cameras. Most often I see people slowing from just over 100 – 110 or so to just under 100 for a few seconds. Methinks ‘aa’ was a particularly uninspiring troll.

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