A COUPLE OF YEARS ago I was caught speeding through the small NSW township of Woodburn.
The Pacific Highway goes right through this small village, with the Richmond River on one side and a few shops on the other. As you come into town there is a 60km/h sign, so I slowed down and just followed the traffic. Not knowing the area well, I assumed that it was 60km/h all the way through.
FINES WHILE TRAVELLING
When I arrived home two months later, waiting for me was a 10km/h speeding ticket... towing our caravan! Yes, the camera had taken a pic of our vehicle towing our van and speeding. Apparently, I missed seeing the 50km/h sign.
As we were away, I had run out of time to pay, and the fine was $70 with a loss of three points. Ouch. The points hurt, especially as I have not had any kind of infringement since I was a young guy.
It was too late to write an excuse, so I phoned and just payed the bill. When I tell people I copped a speeding ticket towing a caravan, they all jump to the conclusion I was doing over 100km/h or more.
Now, fines and points vary between states. In Qld, for less than 13km/h over the limit the fine is $133 and loss of only one point. 13-20km/h over is $200 and three points; 21-30km/h over is $333 and four points; 31-40km/h over is $466 and six points. Doing more than 40km/h over the speed limit is just plain stupid.
POLICE BLITZ ON ROADWORKS
Currently, Qld police are having a blitz in Mackay on speeding through roadworks. On our travels throughout Australia we often come to roadworks and sometimes, particularly on weekends, these are unattended. The "Slow Down: 60km/h" sign is still displayed, followed by a 40km/h limit, yet there seems to be no reason at the time. This can go on for kilometres.
If you happen to travel at a safe speed of around 70km/h as many do, instead of 60, imagine the grief if there is a copper in an unmarked car somewhere along the way.
I agree completely with the speed restriction signs when work is in progress, but often there is no one there, and no work being carried out, yet if you do exceed the limit, you could get a ticket.
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WORDS AND PICS Tony Allsop
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