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Tax on stupidity rakes in the cash – Speed cameras bring in millions more

By johnboy - 26 July 2009 136

I love people who speed. It’s entirely discretionary and yet they choose to provide millions of dollars a year to the community to fund schools, hospitals, and the sprawling semi-competent ACT Public Service.

The Canberra Times reports that better placement of speed cameras has given the generous leadfoots even greater opportunities to contribute.

    THE TOTAL speed camera revenue in the ACT has jumped 45 per cent in a year to $14.5 million with the addition of lucrative new speeding hot spots.

    A stretch of the Monaro Highway at Hume is proving to be a profitable speed trap for the ACT Government with two new speed cameras there alone generating $3million in fines last financial year.

So where else could these marvellous cash cows be usefully deployed?

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monomania 5:05 pm 29 Jul 09

Special G said :

Install speed and red light cameras at every traffic light. It would force a change in driver behaviour.

I don’t believe that there is a problem with most driver behavior. While it might get up the nose of the anal retentive who are only too ready to regard others reluctance to stick rigorously to the rules I believe only a small minority of us drive dangerously. Most road injuries and deaths are either errors of judgement that have little to do with speed limits or caused by people who are acting in an insane manner.
Despite what I read on this post, I believe more than half of us do not stick rigorously to the speed limit. Most of these people regard speed limits as a guide and back their own judgement as to road, traffic and weather conditions and drive sensibly within them. I believe that they drive with more attention because they are driving rather than simply negotiating a journey. Sticking a GPS chip into everybody to ensure that in any situation they behave as dictated might make many of you happy at the expense of what makes us human.

Jim Jones 3:52 pm 29 Jul 09

Holden Caulfield said :

10km/h by the looks.

BOOM BOOM!!!

Seriously, ML-585, somewhere a decision has been made that certain streets are arterial roads and are 60kph zones, whereas the rest are 50kph. Complaining about the difference and wanting to analyse why certain roads are not considered arterial is possibly one of the most pointless and boring activities that I can imagine.

As has been pointed out (quite astutely) by Clown Killer: ‘I fail to see how “50 unless posted otherwise” could be in any way ambiguous.’ If you’re having problems even with this self-explanatory point, I’d suggest that safe driving is the least of your problems.

Holden Caulfield 3:43 pm 29 Jul 09

10km/h by the looks.

ML-585 2:25 pm 29 Jul 09

Jim Jones said :

I mean, really, what do you want, gigantic flashing neon speed limit signs posted at 5 meter intervals?

Yes, that would be good. Failing that, how about some consistency in when the speed limit is 60km/h vs 50 km/h. To give an example, Starke St and Macnaughton St in Higgins are 60 km/h yet Fullagar St is 50 km/h. What is the difference between these streets?

Aeek 9:24 pm 28 Jul 09

mred said :

Point to point speed camera’s will definitely slow down the parkway, most people still average 115+.

If your speedometer reads 100 when you are doing 91 (legal 10% error), you might think that. Tonight (6:45) legally sitting on 100 I was faster than most. So?

ant 8:39 pm 28 Jul 09

j from the block said :

it’s fairly well known that many folk speed up between cameras, slow down before and then speed up after.

Like teh folk who enter the school zone outside Qbn East Primary at 40 km/hr, crane their heads to see if teh cops are outside the Bowlo, and if not, they speed up! Even if there’s kids on the veldt. Beggars belief.

I wish, just once, the plod would set up just behind the end of the 40 zone, boy they’d clean up big.

Doctor Evil 7:12 pm 28 Jul 09

I have an on again off again relationship with indicators.

I’m sorry.

harley 6:12 pm 28 Jul 09

Jim Jones said :

Indicators, people: they’re not optional extras, they’re for letting other people know what you’re going to do (hint: this means that it’s utterly pointless to begin indicating when you’re already in the process of turning).

I thought the Automatic Indicators were optional extras on Magnas and all European cars…

Postalgeek 6:08 pm 28 Jul 09

Hope you flashed your own indicator at them, JJ

Clown Killer 5:10 pm 28 Jul 09

What are these “indicators” or which you speak?

deye 4:20 pm 28 Jul 09

Jim Jones said :

Indicators, people: they’re not optional extras, they’re for letting other people know what you’re going to do (hint: this means that it’s utterly pointless to begin indicating when you’re already in the process of turning).

no no no, you’ve got it all wrong, they are confirmators when used for that purpose 🙂

Holden Caulfield 3:49 pm 28 Jul 09

Jim Jones said :

Indicators, people: they’re not optional extras, they’re for letting other people know what you’re going to do (hint: this means that it’s utterly pointless to begin indicating when you’re already in the process of turning).

Haha, don’t get me fking started on that! 😛

Jim Jones 3:45 pm 28 Jul 09

Ah, that reminds me – I was cycling at lunchtime and was almost cleaned up by a car that didn’t bother indicating (despite me obviously craning my neck to look at the car in an attempt to discern if it was going to turn or not) as it turned onto Parkes way near the city.

Indicators, people: they’re not optional extras, they’re for letting other people know what you’re going to do (hint: this means that it’s utterly pointless to begin indicating when you’re already in the process of turning).

Holden Caulfield said :

Discussion on speeding and its policing in such a context as RA is a waste of time. It seems few can do it without resorting to name calling. It’s all lowest common denominator stuff, which is ironic I suppose.

I just hope there is as much passion for car maintenance (regular servicing, monitoring of tyre pressures, brake pads etc) and a general support for continual improvement

There seems little point on discussing this issue on here – its all been done to death already anyway.

Holden Caulfield 3:40 pm 28 Jul 09

Jim Jones said :

Problem being: very few people would ever admit to having an attitude problem when it comes to driving.

Double problem being: “attitude” has a far broader spectrum than the immediate aggressive nature that may be the first thought. It could be as simple as thinking that so long as you’re under the speed limit you are a safe driver. It could be as simple as not having an understanding of when lights should and shouldn’t be used. For me, all that comes down to attitude as it reflects on how an individual chooses to interact with other road users.

Jim Jones said :

#75 by crankymum was a pretty amazing post, and I suspect if more of us had the same self-consciousness of how we behave when we’re driving, everyone would be a lot better off.

Very true. I’m not perfect by any means, and have never claimed to be. My weakness is impatience with other drivers and I am prone to nudging over the limit at times. I am working on improving my faults. But the level of incompetence displayed on any given day is astounding and that certainly doesn’t help with improving my impatience!

Jim Jones 3:23 pm 28 Jul 09

Holden Caulfield said :

As has been established, there is usually more than one reason for an accident. I’d guess that driver attitude would be right up there. A theory that would appear to gain some merit after reading the replies herein.

Problem being: very few people would ever admit to having an attitude problem when it comes to driving.

#75 by crankymum was a pretty amazing post, and I suspect if more of us had the same self-consciousness of how we behave when we’re driving, everyone would be a lot better off.

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