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You’ve all been very naughty – AFP

By johnboy - 11 April 2007 13

The AFP are rolling their eyes and sighing in the wake of their Easter traffic blitz, with a media release headline speaking of their “disappointment”.

“A total of 222 traffic infringement notices and 80 cautions were issued during the double demerit period which began on the first moment on Thursday, April 5 and finished on the last moment (midnight) on Monday April 9, 2007.

A total of 19 unregistered vehicles were also detected and 74 defect notices were issued, bringing the total number of infringements issued over the Easter holiday period to 395. This is significantly higher than for the 2006 Easter long weekend, when 201 infringements were issued.”

For all that, the only fatality was a 68 year old man who ran into a tree in Narrabundah.

Being a more optimisitic soul I think it’s great that in a city of 300,000, in the middle of a police blitz over a long weekend, only 395 people were caught doing the wrong thing.

What’s Your opinion?


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You’ve all been very naughty – AFP
vandam 6:10 pm 12 Apr 07

I think you will find that these fines are pretty much standard over a year period. The stats are high, given that a lot of people in the ACT leave the place and go elsewhere. I thought ACT was pretty quiet over the weekend actually. Noticed that there weren’t as many idiots on the road.

johnboy 9:46 am 12 Apr 07

Most people actually pay very little attention to the media.

xman 9:16 am 12 Apr 07

Because blitzes are usually announced in the CT and on commecial media. I try to avoid both. No, I didn’t get blitzed.

DarkLadyWolfMother 8:47 am 12 Apr 07

I’m rather amazed anyone gets caught when they announce blitzes. Than again, I remember one time when they announced a blitz on the Tuggeranong Parkway, they still picked up lots of people. It’s one road. How can you be that stupid?

Especially since we’re apparently a city of intellectuals. Hah.

Maelinar 8:27 am 12 Apr 07

I’m sure there are members of the youth faction of the AFP that would jump at the chance to go undercover at the All Bar Nun on any given Friday.

VYBerlinaV8 now_with 8:17 am 12 Apr 07

Being visibly around is one of the best things they can do, because people think more about what they’re doing.

Drink driving is something that needs to be stomped on, hard.

simbo 11:17 pm 11 Apr 07

I definately saw them a lot, but on the other hand I drove over Commonwealth avenue bridge and down Adelaide avenue, where they were out in force.

So they were definately in some high visibility places, but, oddly enough, they can’t be everywhere.

bigred 11:10 pm 11 Apr 07

and they didn’t go anywhere near All Bar Nun on Sunday night. Some silly little pissed girl in the generic Hyundai almost cleaned me up.

Aeek 11:04 pm 11 Apr 07

High vis, I didn’t see them and they obviously didn’t see me. Oh, high vis in the media.

Ingeegoodbee 5:42 pm 11 Apr 07

I heard on the radio that around 1600 breath tests were performed and that police were stunned by the large numbers of drivers still getting around over the limit – the ‘large’ number turned out to be 16 drivers, so essentially on a statistical basis there were no drunk drivers – that’s not to say you wouldn’t want to come accross one of these 16 dickheads on the roads, but I would have thought that this was a good news story.

tommy 5:10 pm 11 Apr 07

Imagine how many people they’d catch if they actually worked this hard all year round…

Maelinar 2:15 pm 11 Apr 07

How does it compare against the yearly average though ?

Were there more infringements because there were more cops out patrolling – if so, how does it compare to a similar blitz period ?

Did an unregistered car get double de-registered ?

Given that the single fatality, without any contrary evidence, would appear to be normal, will the d/demerit scheme be lowered next year ?

VYBerlinaV8 now_with 1:52 pm 11 Apr 07

Yawn…

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