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Speeding Fines – how long before they come?

By deakin2600 - 11 February 2012 20

Just wondering if anyone knows how long (usually) it takes before a speeding fine will arrive, if indeed you are to receive one?

Also, is there any leeway given with regard to the actual speed – ie, if you were going a couple of K’s over, would that still warrant a fine, or not?

I’m worried I may be up for a fine after going past a police officer with radar gun the other day, and was either dead on the limit or a fraction over.

What’s Your opinion?


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Speeding Fines – how long before they come?
Mr Gillespie 1:33 pm 12 Feb 12

That’s not such a bad idea 2620watcher, when you come to think of it, no?

2620watcher 12:26 pm 12 Feb 12

Mr Gillespie said :

The mailing system is an inefficient and counter-productive system. 2 weeks to a month? That is SLACK and they don’t deserve a cent for their efforts let alone the huge gouges they demand from your hip pocket whatever the excuse.

Maybe they should do real time SMS notification. “That will be $160 you sucker. Regards your friendly speed camera van operator.”

devils_advocate 11:29 am 12 Feb 12

54-11 said :

If it was a cop, and he didn’t stop you, you are probably OK. They usually do on-the-spot fines only. With cameras, it is a week or two before the letter arrives.

The exception is if there is a speed trap and you are going too fast for them to safely pursue. In this situation they don’t issue a letter at all, the coppers rock up to your door with a summons, make you sign service papers (ie verifying they’ve served the notice on you) and require you to turn up to court.

Buit this only happens when one gets busted doing 200kph+ so you’re probably ok.

Monomyth 7:57 am 12 Feb 12

The leniency is up to the officer essentially, The whole ‘10% rule’ (that is, if you are 10less than 10% or just on it, over the limit, you won’t usually get a fine) is a complete myth, but hopefully no one still believes this.

Fines take between 1-2 weeks to arrive.

buzz819 6:27 am 12 Feb 12

Mr Gillespie said :

The mailing system is an inefficient and counter-productive system. 2 weeks to a month? That is SLACK and they don’t deserve a cent for their efforts let alone the huge gouges they demand from your hip pocket whatever the excuse.

Mobile and fixed speed cameras are a joke for this reason. If you have been booked, you are entitled to know STRAIGHTAWAY, not weeks and weeks later when you can’t remember where you were let alone what speed you were doing at that particular place and time.

I dunno, last time I got nailed by one in Canberra I had a letter 2 days later, Victoria 4 days later.

Not quite as fast as on the spot and definitely not a deterant as you aren’t told at the time, but I didn’t have to wait weeks for it.

Mr Gillespie 6:38 pm 11 Feb 12

The mailing system is an inefficient and counter-productive system. 2 weeks to a month? That is SLACK and they don’t deserve a cent for their efforts let alone the huge gouges they demand from your hip pocket whatever the excuse.

Mobile and fixed speed cameras are a joke for this reason. If you have been booked, you are entitled to know STRAIGHTAWAY, not weeks and weeks later when you can’t remember where you were let alone what speed you were doing at that particular place and time.

lobster 5:58 pm 11 Feb 12

My friend got one a month after it occured in the mail. They are normally a week or two though.

milkman 1:03 pm 11 Feb 12

If it was a cop and you weren’t pulled over, you’re free and clear. They won’t typically pull you over for a couple over anyway.

Mysteryman 12:58 pm 11 Feb 12

Canberra police are generally very reasonable with speeding fines. It’s not likely you’ll get fined for a couple of k’s of the limit (within reason). Police officers with radar guns issue the fine immediately after pulling you over. You won’t get a letter in the mail unless you are done by a speed camera (mobile or fixed).

KeenGolfer 12:09 pm 11 Feb 12

arescarti42 said :

More importantly, I don’t think an officer with a radar gun has the capacity to send out fines in the mail.

Incorrect. It doesn’t normally happen but police certainly can and occasionally do send out fines in the mail when the driver was not stopped. They can be sent within 12 months of thd offence.

Tooks 11:25 am 11 Feb 12

If he didn’t stop you, you’re not getting a fine.

arescarti42 11:21 am 11 Feb 12

I got nabbed by a fixed speed camera once, I think it took about a week for the fine to show up in the mail.

I suspect there probably is a bit of leeway with regard to speed.

More importantly, I don’t think an officer with a radar gun has the capacity to send out fines in the mail.

bd84 11:09 am 11 Feb 12

If he didn’t stop you, you weren’t speeding. Your speedo will show a speed that is faster than you are actually doing, depending on a number of things, it will probably be about 5kph difference.

Rawhide Kid Part3 11:05 am 11 Feb 12

I think you’ll find that if indeed you were caught speeding by the Police Officer with the radar gun, you would have been pulled over immediately and fined on the spot.

54-11 10:57 am 11 Feb 12

If it was a cop, and he didn’t stop you, you are probably OK. They usually do on-the-spot fines only. With cameras, it is a week or two before the letter arrives.

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