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Ute smashes light pole – driver does a runner

By johnboy 19 July 2008 27

Another spectacular accident on Majura Avenue this morning around 5.20am. The driver collected a light pole making a noise no-one ever wants to be woken to.

Neighbours first on the scene saw two men have an argument before doing a runner down a nearby footpath.

Appliances arrived around 5.40. Which was particularly snappy work by the Firies who could see the crash site from their station.

And now I return to bed, it’s still dark out.

Discuss.

UPDATED: 6:58am on a Saturday morning the truck turns up with the replacement light pole! Colour me impressed.

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Doctor Evil 8:53 am 21 Jul 08

johnboy said :

Appliances arrived around 5.40.

So that’s why I stumbled hungover into the kitchen on Sat morning, and fell into the space where the fridge would normally be. Even the washing machine had gone for a look.

Damn you, Ute Boy!

johnboy 4:27 pm 20 Jul 08

Might be too jaundiced there.

The things used to cost around $10k to get built and installed when I was getting quotes on it 10 years ago.

cranky 4:23 pm 20 Jul 08

Can I suggest, that in the absence of competition to replace these poles, a fee of $4000 is probably a very nice little earner.

Does the payer get to cash in the post he/she has totalled? More like a deposit in the staff christmas fund.

Sorry, just totally jaundiced by all things ACT Gov.

johnboy 3:57 pm 20 Jul 08

The four lane section before Cowper.

The capped pole is still there (in the end they didn’t do the replacement, could be the truck was just rounding up all the downed poles from a saturday night in the city.

RuffnReady 3:40 pm 20 Jul 08

Where on Majura was the accident? It amazes me that anyone can crash on Majura, but Johnboy nailed it – people behaving like idiots and opening up the throttle.

And why assume drugs and not drink? I’d bet the driver was drunk.

Pesty 1:55 pm 20 Jul 08

Spideydog said :

Yep, look your right Pesty. If I was a “Power to be” in charge of that sorta stuff, I would have an incentive of some sort, for the people that do the right thing, own up and accept responsibility for thier action. But at the moment, the warm fuzzy feeling of knowing that you have done the right thing will have to do. The example of the downed power pole…if it was me, I would hate to have to pay $4000 for a new pole (if not covered by insurance), but why should everyone else have to pay for something, I was responsible for? That there is the “real incentive”

In saying this, I think that someone has not trully learnt from their mistake if they don’t put thier hand up in the first place. To me, putting your hand up, says you have accepted responsibility. Too often, people will point the finger at someone or somthing else, to be the blame for thier actions.

As far as doing it in stolen cars etc….pretty much goes without saying, they would never put thier hand up…they steal cars, the good nature and human decency is not there to begin with.

Your last paragragh pretty much sums the whole thing up. Decent folk are not driving about drunk in stolen cars in the small hours. The ones that are don’t give a rats a*s for society or its rules, its citizens or their property. They will be the same individuals who pay the least tax, that ultimately pays for such things peculiar to a civilised society such as street lighting in the first place.

Spideydog 1:36 pm 20 Jul 08

Yep, look your right Pesty. If I was a “Power to be” in charge of that sorta stuff, I would have an incentive of some sort, for the people that do the right thing, own up and accept responsibility for thier action. But at the moment, the warm fuzzy feeling of knowing that you have done the right thing will have to do. The example of the downed power pole…if it was me, I would hate to have to pay $4000 for a new pole (if not covered by insurance), but why should everyone else have to pay for something, I was responsible for? That there is the “real incentive”

In saying this, I think that someone has not trully learnt from their mistake if they don’t put thier hand up in the first place. To me, putting your hand up, says you have accepted responsibility. Too often, people will point the finger at someone or somthing else, to be the blame for thier actions.

As far as doing it in stolen cars etc….pretty much goes without saying, they would never put thier hand up…they steal cars, the good nature and human decency is not there to begin with.

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