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I think the standard of driving in Adelaide is no worse then in the UK and can understand the high fines. It's a real deterrent and it makes me stick to the speed limits like glue which I did not do in the UK as no one did. I have a stop sign 50 yards from my house and make sure I stop and even if clear wait for 5 seconds.
Living In Adelaide Since Jan 2012 And Loving It
Hi .. thanks for replying to my post. but seriously $435 is excessive...UK doesn't have such high fines. I don't mind the fact that i got stopped by the police. neither do i mind being given a fine....just not such a large sum !!! .speeding is different, parking on the wrong side of the road...i can understand.... but being stopped early in the morning.... on a bank holiday when not a car is in sight and when it can easily be seen that i am driving with care and common sense...just frustrates me :-)
Anyway.....we live and learn but it is an expensive lesson....!
I would advice all who are coming to OZ to read the 'Government of SA - Drivers Handbook' thoroughly...
I do not think there is any doubt that you should stop at a stop sign and no one is suggesting otherwise but really, how long do you have to stop for? In a road where you can see clearly that there is no traffic what should you do? Count 10 seconds in case there is a hidden policeman? I know someone who stopped albeit fleetingly on a completely empty minor road which has good vision and got fined for not stopping - well how on earth could he approve otherwise?
Really it doesn't make a difference what size road, how busy it is, the time of day, etc etc. if there is a stop sign just stop! if you dont agree with the sign being there i'm sure there is a department you can write to or something.
If I had the energy, or interest, I would look back over another thread which discussed the deportation of a couple that had failed to settle where their visa permitted - I believe they'd moved a few ks away.
I wonder whether the same people who believe laws are there for a reason and therefore not open to discussion also felt it was fair that the couple be sent back?
But then, there's a reason I'm called Lazy Cow
I looked through The Driver's Handbook and could not find any count/time specified. It just says to stop (der!). So does that mean that the police can decide whether they saw your brake lights on for a suitable length of time? Plus, if Ojeelani's road had not been clear, presumably she would have been booked for dangerous driving (or something) rather than failing to stop.
When your wheels stop turning, you have stopped. It doesn't matter how long for.
Brake lights have got no relevance to whether you have stopped or not.