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Speeding fines in the ACT?

By Juliagulia 17 October 2010 70

My sister in law received a speeding fine in the mail recently, after a visit to Canberra.

She was clocked at 91 in an 80 zone  and received a fine of $745.00.

Is this normal for the ACT?

It was not during a double demerit period and she was on the main road near Cockington Green.

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ConanOfCooma 10:26 am 27 Oct 10

There’s a sign. It says “Speed Camera Ahead”. You read it. You slow down. You do not get booked.

Pretty simple.

georgesgenitals 11:28 pm 19 Oct 10

Holden Caulfield said :

I’m trying to think what sort of crap anti-lock brake system won’t allow you to steer a car during an emergency braking procedure … erm, that’s kind of the point of ABS, it prevents your tyres/wheels from locking up/skidding so that a degree of steering control can be maintained.

If the front wheels lock up, you’ll have zero steering regardless of where the wheels point. With ABS, you will have some steering ability, but because much of the front tyres’ traction is consumed with stopping, you won’t have normal levels of steering traction. Tyres have a finite amount of traction.

http://www.mrfizzix.com/autoracing/tiresgrip.htm

Holden Caulfield 11:09 pm 19 Oct 10

I’m trying to think what sort of crap anti-lock brake system won’t allow you to steer a car during an emergency braking procedure … erm, that’s kind of the point of ABS, it prevents your tyres/wheels from locking up/skidding so that a degree of steering control can be maintained.

I know I’ve been able to manage it on the driver training courses I have done. In fact they have had tests set up specifically to illustrate this point.

OpenYourMind 10:56 pm 19 Oct 10

Ken Block and Stirling Moss are both legends, however they are mere mortals in the shadow of Captain RAAF.

Apparently the Stig has a tee-shirt saying “I am Captain RAAF”.

Wraith 8:50 pm 19 Oct 10

Whilst Ken Block is a god, I still think the report of Stirling Moss doing an interview whilst driving in England, in a Jaguar road car, at 100Mph, through a tunnel corner, letting the arse drift and then reaching over and changing the radio station leaving one hand on the wheel was the best one for me.

I’ve been trying for years, can’t quite emulate that one yet.

OpenYourMind 5:39 pm 19 Oct 10

sirocco, you forget that Captain RAAF is no ordinary driver. His driving prowess puts him in the elite 10%. He is considering modifying his car by completely removing the braking system, his psychic-like forward vision of the roads is such that the merest sniff of a potential obstacle results in the mighty Captain hitting full throttle and plotting 43 potential courses to safety.

Captain RAAF taught this man to drive: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4TshFWSsrn8
and failed him for low skill levels.

How dare you deign to take to the roads if you don’t posses the skill levels of the good Captain.

Jim Jones 3:49 pm 19 Oct 10

It’s called the moth effect.

Woody Mann-Caruso 3:12 pm 19 Oct 10

I strongly disagree!

Fortunately, reality remains intact irrespective of your personal views.

I do this without thinking as I’m sure a lot of other people do.

Truer words were never spoken, Captain. It’s great that you can sum your entire ethos in so few words. You are blessed.

sirocco 2:49 pm 19 Oct 10

Captain RAAF said :

Who follows a roo as it jumps across the road, who in their right mind steers ‘towards’ the accident? Unable to take my eyes off the lonely tree, I ploughed into it!

…..

I do this without thinking as I’m sure a lot of other people do. It doesn’t take effort, you just do it, like you don’t have to tell your legs to walk, they just do it, so everything you are saying is just alien to me so forgive me if I don’t subscribe to it.

Motorcyclists are taught to turn their head and look to where they want to turn the bike, the rest of the body (and the bike) will naturally follow. They do it without thinking (just like you said)

It might not be as extreme but why would it be any different with car drivers?

Mr Gillespie 2:08 pm 19 Oct 10

Woody Mann-Caruso said :

They’re going ahead with the point-to-point speed cameras here in the ACT regardless of the problems in Victoria.

Love to hear what kind of pathetic ’emergency’ excuse you come up with for being busted by these, because the whining you came up with for red light and speed cameras was epic.

“Well, it was raining, and then the light was yellow…um…and then…and then, a TERRORIST was in the back set of my car, and he pointed a gun at my head, and he FORCED me to speed, and that’s why we shouldn’t have point to point cameras, your Worhipfulness. Not that I care, because the law doesn’t apply to me anyway. In conclusion, it’s…it’s the vibe, it’s Mabo, it’s…it’s the vibe.”

So, it doesn’t matter if the clocks were out of sync, you really weren’t in fact speeding, you just have to cop the fine because these cameras say so.

I doubt if I am alone in my “epic whining about speed and red-light cameras”. There are plenty of other people out there who are prepared to have “an epic whinge” about speed cameras, you mark my words!

It has nothing to do with “emergency excuses”, mate! I find your blind faith in the system — a system that milks money out of people for no good reason — rather disturbing!!

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