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I appealed, which is pointless as the appeals section in SA is apparently run by the police (lol), and the reply I got indicated the police car had had to brake suddenly because of my 'failure to give way'.Still haven't figured out how as they were behind me as I approached the Give Way sign.
I have only ever, EVER had one speeding fine (and then I was a miserable 5k over, but I deserved it so I'm not complaining) and have never caused an accident (seen plenty in my rear view mirror lol!).
BUT, even though that $430? fine represented most of my week's earnings and even though I still moan about it, the police do a fantastic job and even the one that gave me the $loody $uggery ticket was super-nice.
So, Ratters, I appreciate that disregarding signs can be potentially fatal, but it would appear that neither the OP nor I did disregard the signs. And I actually feel that the police force is extremely good value for money, although I would love to see more money invested rather than the continual cuts to service.
I feel your pain, Ojeelani!
I can't believe you have been fined that much especially when the road was clear. We will definately have to remember that one when we arrive.
I agree there are some badly placed stop signs where you can't see what's coming. I always make a point of comming to a complete stop behind the white line then creeping forward until I can see the traffic.
Interesting that they did that LC, and I wonder if you could have appealed it successfully because I had to look it up - we have a Give Way sign just 50 metres from our home and I slow down and if clear go ahead. Only stop if someone is coming from left or right. The rules say on the "Give Way"
"When you are faced with a Give Way sign, you must slow down and, if necessary, stop your vehicle in order to Give Way. The rule about giving way at a Give Way sign is described (Example 19)." and that's from this website http://www.mylicence.sa.gov.au/the_o...handbook/signs which is the government website. A bit strange.
I don't think anyone would argue the reasons why we need the rules to be followed they are for everyones' safety but if you are following the road rules in relation to Give Way signs then it seems tough that you get fined for it. The OP was different issue as it was a STOP sign.
Last edited by Toni; 11-03-2013 at 09:37 PM.
[QUOTE not concentrating on hounding the real bad tailgating speed freaks we see everyday. ][/QUOTE]
... if you are experiencing a high volume of tailgating..... could it not be the standard of your own driving that could be in question?
Last edited by Trickyshel; 11-03-2013 at 11:20 PM.
No wonder the standard of driving here is so bad if having to stop at a stop sign is regarded as a 'little known rule'.
'Stop' isn't about slowing down, it's about coming to a complete standstill. There are some strange places for the signs over here (and badly placed white lines that you couldn't realistically stop behind if you want to see what's coming), and SA does love to raise revenue (that's not the same as saying the police love doing it), but come on, if you fail to stop at a stop sign there's not much to complain about if you get caught!
There is a STOP sign on one of my backstreet routes home from work. I do always Stop there (d'oh) but it's really badly placed so when you are stopped you can't actually see properly into the road you are joining. So you have to Stop, then move forward a few feet, then Stop again (over the Stop line) so you can see the oncoming traffic! Absolutely stupidly placed sign and line but I bet if one day I decided just to Stop where I actually needed to, and not twice, that would be the day the unmarked police would be waiting.
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