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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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Deref 1:10 pm 05 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?

Hear, hear.

I’ve never been dazzled by foglights but I’m constantly dazzled by idiots with badly-adjusted lights and/or lights on high beam. And there should be a special place in hell for the idiots who think that as long as you’re driving on a divided road you don’t have to dip your lights when you see oncoming traffic.

And yes, those blue bulbs are a menace – they always seen to be fitted to cars with permanent high beam. I don’t think xenon headlights are the problem.

davo101 1:07 pm 05 Sep 13

tim_c said :

57 Stopping for a yellow traffic light or arrow

So if the light is amber I can ignore it then?

tim_c 12:58 pm 05 Sep 13

A_Cog said :

tim_c said :

A_Cog said :

Remember: ….and Yellow means ‘hurry the fu#k up’.

No it doesn’t – it means you must stop unless it is not safe to do so.

Yes, it does.

From the ACT Traffic Handbook (p18):

Yellow circle light warns that the red signal is about to come on. You must stop at the stop line and not enter the intersection or junction. You may enter the intersection if you are so close to the stop line that a sudden stop might cause an accident.

http://www.rego.act.gov.au/assets/PDFs/ACT_Road_Rules_Handbook.pdf

tim_c 12:48 pm 05 Sep 13

A_Cog said :

tim_c said :

A_Cog said :

Remember: ….and Yellow means ‘hurry the fu#k up’.

No it doesn’t – it means you must stop unless it is not safe to do so.

Yes, it does.

From the Australian Road Rules (Feb 2012)

57 Stopping for a yellow traffic light or arrow
(1) A driver approaching or at traffic lights showing a yellow
traffic light must stop:

(a) if there is a stop line at or near the traffic lights and the
driver can stop safely before reaching the stop line —
as near as practicable to, but before reaching, the stop
line; or
(b) if there is no stop line at or near the traffic lights and
the driver can stop safely before reaching the traffic
lights — as near as practicable to, but before reaching,
the nearest or only traffic lights; or
(c) if the traffic lights are at an intersection and the driver
cannot stop safely in accordance with paragraph (a) or
(b), but can stop safely before entering the intersection
— before entering the intersection;
and must not proceed past the stop line or nearest or only
traffic lights, or into the intersection (as the case may be),
until the traffic lights show a green or flashing yellow traffic
light or no traffic light.
Offence provision.

http://www.ntc.gov.au/filemedia/Reports/ARRFeb12.pdf

Zeital 11:57 am 05 Sep 13

The problem with HID’s and the like… and well anyone replacing the glob be it normal or not is they don’t think about aiming them, that’s where my main issue with that.

learn how to do that and a lot more people be happy that they aren’t getting blinded by your lights that are aimed up….

Roundhead89 11:22 am 05 Sep 13

A_Cog said :

tim_c said :

A_Cog said :

Remember: ….and Yellow means ‘hurry the fu#k up’.

No it doesn’t – it means you must stop unless it is not safe to do so.

Yes, it does.

Someone told me they didn’t have yellow lights in some US states until the late 1970s. Just a red light and a green light. I vaguely remember the video for a Doobie Brothers song in the 1970s showed traffic lights which were just green and red.

tim_c 10:52 am 05 Sep 13

Robertson said :

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

It always amuses me when you see those hippies driving their Toyota Pious cars around with the foglights on. These hippies have probably replaced every incandescent globe in their house with compact fluoros and religiously turn off lights in their home when not needed, and then they get in their car and switch on a pair of superfluous 50W incandescent globes!

(Then again, if you really wanted to help the environment and were actually smart enough to think ‘big picture’, you wouldn’t buy a Prius)

A_Cog 10:46 am 05 Sep 13

tim_c said :

A_Cog said :

Remember: ….and Yellow means ‘hurry the fu#k up’.

No it doesn’t – it means you must stop unless it is not safe to do so.

Yes, it does.

tim_c 10:46 am 05 Sep 13

Deckard said :

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.

Actually, I think it comes down to the point that it’s illegal. If it’s really not an issue, change the law. If it is an issue, the law should be enforced. Retaining a law that is never enforced simply encourages disrespect for the law generally – you might not go and rob a bank (an example mentioned earlier) just because you got away with using your foglights illegally, but there never seems to be a shortage of photos for the Monday Parking threads, again demonstrating a lot of people have a disregard for road rules.

I note that Commodore foglights point straight into your eyes – they might as well have their high beams on. As are after market foglights fitted to a lot of bullbars. So to answer your question, in some cases, it would be a safety issue even if not for most cars. But what are you going to do – have a law that says it’s illegal to use foglights only if you’re driving a Commodore or a car fitted with aftermarket foglights that came with the bullbar?

tim_c 10:36 am 05 Sep 13

A_Cog said :

Remember: ….and Yellow means ‘hurry the fu#k up’.

No it doesn’t – it means you must stop unless it is not safe to do so.

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