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To Flash or Not to Flash?

By bigfeet - 8 May 2009 33

For the last three weeks I have noticed the boys(girls) in blue out on Flemington Road in the afternoons and the mornings with a radar gun.  They have been in a few different spots, both directions, and at different times, but I would say at least every third day I have seen them out there.

I reckon this is great.  A visible police presence and people being pulled over immediately, not getting a ticket in the mail six weeks later.

But for 500 metres before you get to the radar one out of every four cars coming the other way is flashing their lights to warn you it is there.

So what do Rioters think? 

    –If the purpose of a speed trap is to make people observe the speed limit, then flashing serves that purpose.  You should always flash because it makes people check their speed

OR

    — Flashing just giving hoons a warning that there is a radar ahead, but it’s safe to speed anywhere else. You should never flash because you are helping a criminal get away.

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[ED – Having overcome my disappointment from the headline (I had hoped we had young women contemplating exposing themselves for some reason) I can’t help recall driving the New England Highway up near Tamworth. Rounding a bend doing 140 I discovered a police car coming the other way. I hopefully hit the anchors and was rewarded by a light flash and no other sanction. Around the next bend there was a speed camera, which I avoided only thanks to the friendly police of Tamworth.]

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33 Responses to
To Flash or Not to Flash?
Nosey 12:10 pm 08 May 09

#11

Here here.

It’s what Canberrans were born to do.

colourful sydney rac 12:06 pm 08 May 09

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_they_all_copy said :

I’m no saint when it comes to speeding, I try to behave for the most part, but am more concerned with driving to the conditions than monitoring the speedo

Same here.

I always flash to warn other motorists. Those who take delight in seeing others getting booked are sad little people.

I must be one of those sad little people. I take great delight in seeing people who drive unsafely or above the speed limit getting pulled over.

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_ 11:03 am 08 May 09

I’m no saint when it comes to speeding, I try to behave for the most part, but am more concerned with driving to the conditions than monitoring the speedo

Same here.

I always flash to warn other motorists. Those who take delight in seeing others getting booked are sad little people.

Spideydog 10:45 am 08 May 09

hellspice said :

i thought it was illegal to warn others ?

Not illegal to “warn”, but it is an illegal use of high beam.

Jim Jones 10:41 am 08 May 09

chewy14 said :

DarkLadyWolfMother said :

I tend to randomly flash when I know there are no speed traps around. I do my bit to help in little ways.

When people do this and I find out that there is no speed trap, I drive faster to make up for the lost time.

It’s actually safer to drive really fast, it means that you’re on the road for a shorter period of time, and hence there’s less chance of you having an accident (if you were driving slowly, there’d be double the amount of time in which an accident could occur).

This is even more important when it’s raining or foggy: you should drive as fast as you can and get home as soon as possible. After all, you can’t have a car accident sitting on the couch and drinking beer, can you?

Skidbladnir 10:41 am 08 May 09

Before y’all cross into territory previously covered:
http://the-riotact.com/?p=10220
“NSW introducing fines for drivers flashing lights to warn motorists”

hellspice 10:34 am 08 May 09

i thought it was illegal to warn others ?

p1 10:33 am 08 May 09

I generally flash to warn people of speed traps, although I sometimes don’t if a car coming the other way gives me some reason the suspect they are a d1ckhe@d! Like a spoiler on an excel…

chewy14 10:19 am 08 May 09

DarkLadyWolfMother said :

I tend to randomly flash when I know there are no speed traps around. I do my bit to help in little ways.

When people do this and I find out that there is no speed trap, I drive faster to make up for the lost time.

Bundybear 10:14 am 08 May 09

@#3 Love it. I’m might start doing that too. I’m no saint when it comes to speeding, I try to behave for the most part, but am more concerned with driving to the conditions than monitoring the speedo – I love my cruise control because on the few times I’ve been pinged it’s mostly been because of speed creep on the highway. Flashing expands the range of the speed trap, and like weeziepops said, they don’t care about the revenue, it’s about slowing people down in a bad area.

housebound 10:09 am 08 May 09

DarkLadyWolfMother said :

I tend to randomly flash when I know there are no speed traps around. I do my bit to help in little ways.

Is that why Canberra drivers go around with their lights on when it isn’t foggy?

arescarti42 9:30 am 08 May 09

xyro said :

and the mighty old patrol uses 25-30 litres per 100 kays over 95! Ouch!

Egads! That’s horrible, surely it shouldn’t be anywhere near that bad.

DarkLadyWolfMother 9:26 am 08 May 09

I tend to randomly flash when I know there are no speed traps around. I do my bit to help in little ways.

xyro 9:11 am 08 May 09

i was a bit dissapointed with the content after great expectations with the title too!. But i always flash, I never speed (not since I was 22 or so) anyway so the flashing does not help me. I like money too much to drive over the limit, and the mighty old patrol uses 25-30 litres per 100 kays over 95! Ouch!

weeziepops 9:07 am 08 May 09

I always flash, on the assumption that the point of speed traps is slowing people down and not raising revenue. Plus it’s kinda like stickin’ it to The Man…

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