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The Speeding Camera Vans of the ACT

By Doctor Evil 30 August 2009 89

A big congratulations to the driver of ACT Govt speed camera van with rego plate YFA-46R that was stationed on the center median strip of the Monaro Highway north bound lanes, just near the Snowy Hydro copter shop today, Sunday 27 August . 

After a long day of keeping our roads safer by sending out fines in the mail next week, it was time for the operator of speed camera van YFA-46R to pack up at about 6:00Pm tonight.

Obviously in a hurry to get those fines processed and in the mail, speed camera van YFA-46R pulled out onto the right hand lane without lights and drove for probably 200 metres before switching them on.

Also in such a hurry that when we hit the section of road where the speed limit increases to 100 we were having trouble staying with you.  In fact, out of curiosity we decided to see how fast you were actually going, but we gave up at 115km/h and backed off to the speed limit.

So all those people that are going to get a nice surprise in the mail over the coming weeks can feel just that little bit better, knowing that it was issued by someone so special that the road rules don’t apply to them.

Well done, driver of speed camera van YFA-46R!!

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powell01 3:15 pm 03 Sep 09

Ok, lets look at this rationally people. The original post states that someone saw someone else allegedly break the law. As mentioned, it was not a police vehicle, but one operated by someone who is just doing his job. Last time I checked most situations required some level of proof before action can be taken. If the OP cannot provide this proof, it is simply his word against someone else’s. If he cannot provide any proof, why bother making a complaint. Besides, it is more fun and easier to simply pick an easy target, like a traffic camera van, and blame them for something that other people will simply believe because they a) have a low opinion of anyone who tells them they cannot do what they want, regardless of the rules and b)continually forget that the people wo do these type of jobs (Police, Parking Inspectors or Traffic Camera Operators) are real people who are trying to do their jobs simply, honestly and that they have feelings themselves.

Just my 2 cents.

shauno 3:12 pm 03 Sep 09

Jim Jones said :

shauno said :

Ceej1973 said :

People need to obey the law. Its there for every ones safety.

But in this case its never been about safety its all about revenue. And I will
never obey and I can not be brain washed into believing otherwise. Until such time
they remove the money penalty aspect from the offence. If they are truley to be
belived that its a 100% safety issue then take away points and licenses but leave the
money out of it.

Speed limits exist purely for revenue purposes?

What planet are you on?

Makati Manila at the moment enjoying some of the worlds worst traffic jams.

But as for speed limits um was talking about revenue raising speed cameras champ. And ive got no probs with sensible speed limits in built up city streets. Have a good one.

Holden Caulfield 11:52 am 03 Sep 09

SheepGroper said :

Addison said :

SheepGroper said :

How do you know you caused no accidents?

Nothing to do with speeding.

Related to it. If you’re speeding you won’t see what’s happening behind you as you’re concentrating on what’s up ahead, so you wouldn’t know what crashes you contributed to as a result of your behaviour.

Even near misses can be disconcerting to other drivers. I’d comitted to pulling out across three lanes to the middle of the road where I could merge into traffic safely. I’d checked to see no one was approaching from the left, and it was clear, no one to give way to, except when I checked again as I was driving across the three lanes I had to slow almost to a stop as a car hurtled past. The speeder had decided to do a fast right hand turn off the main road, and had too much momentum to stop.

My driving certainly suffered for several minutes afterwards, if I hadn’t kept checking the guy would have ploughed into me, and possibly the oncoming cars in the three lanes we were both crossing would have collided with the two of us.

Wow, where to start … so, you had to give way to a motorist that had the right of way and it is their fault. Nice!

These types of comment are what makes discussing road rules on the tinternet so much fun, haha.

TP 3000 11:06 am 03 Sep 09

Well for the past 2 afternoons & evenings, the Police themselves have been hiding out on Drakeford Drive, Tuggeranong Town Centre. So they are out on the road, but it wouldn’t surprise me if they’ve caught some people both days.

Jim Jones 9:17 am 03 Sep 09

shauno said :

Ceej1973 said :

People need to obey the law. Its there for every ones safety.

But in this case its never been about safety its all about revenue. And I will
never obey and I can not be brain washed into believing otherwise. Until such time
they remove the money penalty aspect from the offence. If they are truley to be
belived that its a 100% safety issue then take away points and licenses but leave the
money out of it.

Speed limits exist purely for revenue purposes?

What planet are you on?

WanniAss 6:57 am 03 Sep 09

shauno said :

Ceej1973 said :

People need to obey the law. Its there for every ones safety.

But in this case its never been about safety its all about revenue. And I will
never obey and I can not be brain washed into believing otherwise. Until such time
they remove the money penalty aspect from the offence. If they are truley to be
belived that its a 100% safety issue then take away points and licenses but leave the
money out of it.

So how fast is safe speeding? Lets pick a safeish road like the parkway – 120, 140, 160+??? Or is speeding like beauty and in the eye of the beholder

WanniAss 6:54 am 03 Sep 09

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_they_all_copy said :

Roadrage77 said :

shauno said :

Question is how many accidents and deaths have occurred on that straight bit of double lane road that justifys the camera being there in the name of “safety” as the government propaganda machine likes to tell us.

I remember some bloke in a Mitsubishi Econovan driving Southbound into a sign under the Hindmarsh Drive overpass about 10 years ago. Damn rig went up in flames and cooked the driver along with 5 or so kids. No “safety” issues there Shauno.

And what exactly does that have to do with speeding? Any evidence he was speeding at the time? Or was it just a terrible accident caused by driver error?

The question was how many deaths had occurred on what in theory is a straight, safe bit of road. I would count speeding as a driver error anyway.

shauno 10:31 pm 02 Sep 09

Ceej1973 said :

People need to obey the law. Its there for every ones safety.

But in this case its never been about safety its all about revenue. And I will
never obey and I can not be brain washed into believing otherwise. Until such time
they remove the money penalty aspect from the offence. If they are truley to be
belived that its a 100% safety issue then take away points and licenses but leave the
money out of it.

SheepGroper 10:31 pm 02 Sep 09

Addison said :

SheepGroper said :

How do you know you caused no accidents?

Nothing to do with speeding.

Related to it. If you’re speeding you won’t see what’s happening behind you as you’re concentrating on what’s up ahead, so you wouldn’t know what crashes you contributed to as a result of your behaviour.

Even near misses can be disconcerting to other drivers. I’d comitted to pulling out across three lanes to the middle of the road where I could merge into traffic safely. I’d checked to see no one was approaching from the left, and it was clear, no one to give way to, except when I checked again as I was driving across the three lanes I had to slow almost to a stop as a car hurtled past. The speeder had decided to do a fast right hand turn off the main road, and had too much momentum to stop.

My driving certainly suffered for several minutes afterwards, if I hadn’t kept checking the guy would have ploughed into me, and possibly the oncoming cars in the three lanes we were both crossing would have collided with the two of us.

Like “great drivers” habitually running red lights late, most times no collision happens which reinforces their perception of themselves as good, safe drivers. But people doing the unexpected on the roads certainly increase the odds of collisions happening.

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