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‘Stop Pushing the Limits’ new campaign to slow us down

By Canfan 1 July 2014 28

A two-month campaign to target speeding in the ACT was launched today by Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Simon Corbell, and Chief Police Officer for the ACT, Rudi Lammers.

The Stop Pushing the Limits campaign will run throughout July and August 2014 and forms part of the ACT’s multi-agency road safety strategy. The campaign aims to encourage attitudinal and behavioural change towards speeding.

Mr Corbell said speeding was a major contributor to collisions resulting in injuries and fatalities on Canberra roads.

“Speeding reduces the driver’s ability to control the vehicle and lengthens stopping distances, increasing both the likelihood of crashing and the severity of the crash,” Mr Corbell said.

“When you double the speed of the car, you double the distance travelled while reacting to an obstacle and quadruple the braking distance. Doubling the speed also quadruples the energy of a collision.”

In 2013, ACT Policing detected more than 8,700 people speeding on Canberra roads, which included 6,652 drivers issued with Traffic Infringement Notices and 2,140 drivers cautioned.

“On average there are 13 deaths and 704 injuries on our roads each year. Road safety is everyone’s responsibility and we believe Canberra drivers can reduce this drastically by simply slowing down.”

ACT Policing will conduct targeted operations to enforce speed limits across July and August. Motorists caught speeding will face fines ranging from a minimum of $203 and one demerit point to more than $1,811 and six demerit points for each offence.

The 30 second television campaign commercial and radio advertisement, asks Canberrans “What’s it going to take to get you to notice the speed zone sign again?” and encourages drivers to stop pushing the speed limits.

The campaign will also be supported by a public display of crashed vehicles, including a crash-test vehicle provided by the Australasian New Car Assessment Program, which will tour major town centres in Canberra to demonstrate the severity of a vehicle collision.

For more information visit www.police.act.gov.au/stoppushingthelimits

(Simon Corbell media release)


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VYBerlinaV8_is_back 9:13 am 04 Jul 14

bigred said :

VYBerlinaV8_is_back said :

Grimm said :

It’s also incredibly inconsiderate. Doing things just because you can often makes you a fair kn&b.

+1. Stick in the left lane unless you’re turning right or overtaking. A little bit of consideration makes things so much easier for everyone.

I will drive legally in whichever lane provides the smoothest trip. This means I may use the right lane in an 80km/h zone, eg Hindmarsh drive between Woden and Fyshwick. Doing so, I am only inconsiderate to law breakers. I have no dilemma.

In other words, driving is all about you, and you couldn’t give a stuff about anyone else on the road.

Yep, I think that pretty much fits the definition on ‘inconsiderate’.

Canberroid 10:31 pm 03 Jul 14

bigred said :

VYBerlinaV8_is_back said :

Grimm said :

It’s also incredibly inconsiderate. Doing things just because you can often makes you a fair kn&b.

+1. Stick in the left lane unless you’re turning right or overtaking. A little bit of consideration makes things so much easier for everyone.

I will drive legally in whichever lane provides the smoothest trip. This means I may use the right lane in an 80km/h zone, eg Hindmarsh drive between Woden and Fyshwick. Doing so, I am only inconsiderate to law breakers. I have no dilemma.

And I bet you take five seconds to notice that the lights turned green and then accelerate painfully slowly in the right hand lane so that a bunch of cars behind you get stuck at the lights, and you probably don’t even notice. You’re probably also one of those drivers that slow down to 40km/hr on Northbourne through Civic and unnecessarily waste more peoples’ time with traffic lights which are timed for 60km/hr, and again don’t even notice.

Earl 9:27 pm 03 Jul 14

bigred said :

VYBerlinaV8_is_back said :

Grimm said :

It’s also incredibly inconsiderate. Doing things just because you can often makes you a fair kn&b.

+1. Stick in the left lane unless you’re turning right or overtaking. A little bit of consideration makes things so much easier for everyone.

I will drive legally in whichever lane provides the greatest opportunity to prove my do-gooding worth to all those big nasty people who used to steal my lunch money. This means I may use the right lane in an 80km/h zone, eg Hindmarsh drive between Woden and Fyshwick. Doing so, I am only inconsiderate to law breakers. I have no dilemma.

Fixed.

bigred 8:07 pm 03 Jul 14

VYBerlinaV8_is_back said :

Grimm said :

It’s also incredibly inconsiderate. Doing things just because you can often makes you a fair kn&b.

+1. Stick in the left lane unless you’re turning right or overtaking. A little bit of consideration makes things so much easier for everyone.

I will drive legally in whichever lane provides the smoothest trip. This means I may use the right lane in an 80km/h zone, eg Hindmarsh drive between Woden and Fyshwick. Doing so, I am only inconsiderate to law breakers. I have no dilemma.

bundah 7:29 pm 03 Jul 14

What Simon doesn’t say is whether there will be an increase in police patrol car numbers and if so how many to give this campaign teeth?

m_ratt 4:49 pm 03 Jul 14

MonarchRepublic said :

60km/h below the limit is the example of abnormally slowly

Oh dear, it’s not been a good day for my reading comprehension. Apologies.

I wonder what would make 20 in 80 abnormally slow, and not 60 in 80 (without reason)? What about 40?
I’d argue that 20km/h below the limit without reason is still abnormally slow.

Where do they draw that line?

KB1971 4:18 pm 03 Jul 14

I will add, if some of you people think the driving habits of people here are bad, go to China……….

KB1971 4:13 pm 03 Jul 14

Grimm said :

KB1971 said :

Grimm said :

I’d say that more often, it’s people doing 20km/h below the limit in the right hand lane, frustrating the hell out of people and causing them to become impatient that causes more accidents than anything. I see it every day. The police should probably spend a bit of time targeting obstructing traffic, especially during peak hours.

From the ACT version of the ARRS, what you describe is not obstructung traffic, & if its an 80 zone they are allower to be there. The cranky people need to take a chill pill:

Division 1 General
125 Unreasonably obstructing drivers or pedestrians
(1) A driver must not unreasonably obstruct the path of another
driver or a pedestrian.
Offence provision.
Note Driver includes a person in control of a vehicle — see the
definition of drive in the dictionary.
(2) For this rule, a driver does not unreasonably obstruct the
path of another driver or a pedestrian only because:
(a) the driver is stopped in traffic; or
(b) the driver is driving more slowly than other vehicles
(unless the driver is driving abnormally slowly in the
circumstances).
Example of a driver driving abnormally slowly
A driver driving at a speed of 20 kilometres per hour on a length of road
to which a speed-limit of 80 kilometres per hour applies when there is
no reason for the driver to drive at that speed on the length of road.

Yeah, apart from the fact they are ignoring the “Keep left unless overtaking” signs all down the road.

It’s also incredibly inconsiderate. Doing things just because you can often makes you a fair kn&b.

Where are these keep left signs you talk about? Last I saw them was on the Hume Highway heading north and south.

There may be one on the Parkway but I cant picture it.

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