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Traffic Control for September

By johnboy - 4 September 2013 30

ACT Policing will focus on Traffic Control offences during the month of September as part of its multi-agency road safety strategy.

At different periods during the year, the strategy targets specific issues and behaviours which contribute to death and serious injuries on Canberra’s roads, with Traffic Controls among those concerns.

Acting Superintendent Rod Anderson said ACT Policing’s focus on Traffic Controls during the month of September was aimed at keeping our roads safer.

“We know from the statistics provided by Territory and Municipal Services (TAMS) that a large number of vehicle collisions in the ACT occur at intersections including traffic lights and turn arrows, roundabouts and at intersections controlled by signs (i.e. give way and stop),” Acting Superintendent Anderson said.

“As a result ACT Policing will pay particular attention during the month of September on drivers disobeying red and yellow lights/arrows, not stopping or giving way at intersections whether controlled by signs or not and drivers not using a roundabout correctly including indicating off roundabouts.”

“It’s important that motorists heed and obey traffic rules to ensure the safety of all those traveling on our roads.”

TAMS statistics show that about 55 per cent of collisions on ACT Roads occurred at intersections in 2012. There were 8312 collisions recorded on ACT roads last year with 4593 occurring at intersections.

Fines for different Traffic Control offences range from a minimum of $167 and the loss of two demerit points to $291 and the loss of three demerit points for each offence.

[Courtesy ACT Policing]

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Traffic Control for September
Deckard 6:55 pm 04 Sep 13

goody658 said :

How about booking all the idiots who drive around with their foglights on?

I don’t understand this, Why do people hate on fog lights. I have them and never use them, there not really that bright are they?

Aren’t the HID/Xeon blue light ones worse?

I’ve often wondered this as well as I find a lot of normal headlights, like your HID/Xeon lights, a lot worse than fog lights.

I think it comes down to people thinking they’d like to see them booked because they think they’re a w@nker rather than any real safety issue. They just use the safety angle to beat it up a bit more.

I’m also glad the ACT police tend to target red light runners rather than wasting resources chasing down those ‘dangerous’ foggies.

vulpior 6:10 pm 04 Sep 13

I don’t find fog lights to be a major problem with vehicles going in the opposite direction; it’s more those in the same lane. Front fog lights in your rear-view mirror are a distraction, as is a bright rear light ahead of you.

CraigT 5:15 pm 04 Sep 13

shirty_bear said :

It’s my expectation that the bigwigs who come up with these PR-friendly law enforcement drives fall squarely into the self-important fog lights blazing group, so the crackdown will never happen.

Ah – a conspiracy – so probably the same people who pinned the Winchester hit on convenient local nutter, David Eastman.

abc123 5:01 pm 04 Sep 13

How many people have died in Canberra from being blinded by fog lights versus people driving through red lights, stop signs or give way signs?

I think the AFP’s focus on traffic controls is more important for the whole community.

Grrrr 4:35 pm 04 Sep 13

marcothepolopony said :

It seems no cars travel at the designated 90km, at least when I travel it every morning at 8:20.

Perhaps “Seems” is the key word here. A number of car speedos read 90 when the car is really doing a little over 80. Compared it to a GPS lately?

I must say that I don’t care for the rule of indicating left as you leave a roundabout. In some small roundabouts that’s about 5m from the previous exit, and you can be travelling at over 10m/s (36kmh) which means 0.5s worth of indicating. Kindof pointless. If you indicated correctly coming in, the indicating going out is redundant in the typical intersection (4 way, 90 degree turns, U-turns aside.)

It would be nice to imagine the police might be handing out fines to the dangerous jerks turning right at roundabouts who don’t indicate right until they’re on the roundabout. Same for those – less dangerous, more annoying knobs – indicating right as they approach roundabouts when they intend to go straight ahead.

shirty_bear 3:59 pm 04 Sep 13

goody658 said :

How about booking all the idiots who drive around with their foglights on?

I don’t understand this, Why do people hate on fog lights. I have them and never use them, there not really that bright are they?

Aren’t the HID/Xeon blue light ones worse?

Having them and never using them puts you in a clear minority. Clear weather fog light users are a pet peeve of mine. Oddly enough, I reckon you see less fog lights in use when it’s actually foggy :-\

Not all fog lights are problematic, but most are. (And yes, some of the new style headlights are, well, just as bad). Fog lights are focused differently to headlights, and often compromise oncoming drivers’ vision (the term used in the road rules is “dazzle”).

On one hand, people using them all the time seem to be saying “I’m so important … I’m above the law”. And yet, I firmly believe that many people with them on aren’t aware that they’re on.
Either way, it’s an inexcusable vehicle-operating failure, and deserves to be punished.

It’s my expectation that the bigwigs who come up with these PR-friendly law enforcement drives fall squarely into the self-important fog lights blazing group, so the crackdown will never happen.

goody658 1:53 pm 04 Sep 13

How about booking all the idiots who drive around with their foglights on?

I don’t understand this, Why do people hate on fog lights. I have them and never use them, there not really that bright are they?

Aren’t the HID/Xeon blue light ones worse?

Aeek 1:47 pm 04 Sep 13

Rollersk8r said :

Broken Windows is very interesting and almost certainly true for broken down cars that get torched, and vandalism in general. However, I don’t think anyone drives around thinking “Well, my fog lights are on, may as well speed, may as well rob a bank while I’m at it”

I haven’t driven with fog lights on, and subsequently haven’t robbed a bank.

La_Tour_Maubourg 1:38 pm 04 Sep 13

thebrownstreak69 said :

marcothepolopony said :

How about policing the speeding on the GDE, nothbound? It seems no cars travel at the designated 90km, at least when I travel it every morning at 8:20.

Why? Are there constant accidents?

+1

Rollersk8r 1:36 pm 04 Sep 13

Robertson said :

How about booking all the idiots who drive around with their foglights on?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Broken_windows_theory

” maintaining and monitoring urban environments in a well-ordered condition may stop further vandalism and escalation into more serious crime.”

They drive around with foglights on, nothing happens. So they speed, ignore stop signs, fail to indicate, and it’s all downhill from there.

Instead of having to stake out traffic lights to catch them after their lawless behaviour has escalated, they could just setup on Adelaide Ave (for example) and with just an hour’s work, could book many hundreds of lawless drivers with very little effort or danger.

Broken Windows is very interesting and almost certainly true for broken down cars that get torched, and vandalism in general. However, I don’t think anyone drives around thinking “Well, my fog lights are on, may as well speed, may as well rob a bank while I’m at it”

A_Cog 1:33 pm 04 Sep 13

goggles13 said :

about time, the number of red light runners in this city is ridiculous

Only because so many people drive 50 in 60 zones and 70 in 80 zones, and these same people dawdle in the right lane and won’t move over to the left lane.

Remember: Green means ‘go’, Red means ‘stop’ and Yellow means ‘hurry the fu#k up’.

goggles13 1:20 pm 04 Sep 13

about time, the number of red light runners in this city is ridiculous

thebrownstreak69 1:07 pm 04 Sep 13

marcothepolopony said :

How about policing the speeding on the GDE, nothbound? It seems no cars travel at the designated 90km, at least when I travel it every morning at 8:20.

Why? Are there constant accidents?

marcothepolopony 1:01 pm 04 Sep 13

How about policing the speeding on the GDE, nothbound? It seems no cars travel at the designated 90km, at least when I travel it every morning at 8:20.

Robertson 12:54 pm 04 Sep 13

How about booking all the idiots who drive around with their foglights on?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Broken_windows_theory

” maintaining and monitoring urban environments in a well-ordered condition may stop further vandalism and escalation into more serious crime.”

They drive around with foglights on, nothing happens. So they speed, ignore stop signs, fail to indicate, and it’s all downhill from there.

Instead of having to stake out traffic lights to catch them after their lawless behaviour has escalated, they could just setup on Adelaide Ave (for example) and with just an hour’s work, could book many hundreds of lawless drivers with very little effort or danger.

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