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welcome to Australia ! Isn't it charming? - thankfully there is help available - go to aussiespeedingfines.com.au and buy their cheap e-book -their advice has helped hundreds of people fight unjust fines (I won $1000 compensation form the police when they accused me of speeding). Also look for their facebook page. Remember the principles of martial arts - they can't fight you if you refuse to engage with them! Its just a false accusation at this point - don't get side-tracked by empty allegations! There is support around to help you.
couldn't of said that any better, the guy who started this post was only querying and has only been there a short while and then has a fine slammed on him, no warning or any advice provided first, so i think he has the right to ask questions, those who are stupid enough to put ridiculous feed back to him my question is WAS YOU IN HIS CAR AT THE TIME??????? it is becoming noticeable the unfriendliness of peoples comments to others queries are becoming childish. you can't say anything on here without people jumping down your throat.
Was listening to talkback radio the other day and they were talking about the law that fines you over $400 for the crime of obscuring your numnber plate in any way. They said that for the odd people who just put the kids bikes on the back of the car once in a blue moon, and get pulled over and fined, that would really discourage people from "getting active" as the government is always encouraging us to do. Someone called Conlon (I think - someone high up in the police?) said that in cases like those the police would exercise some discretion and common sense and issue a warning instead - well I was shouting at the radio because we got pulled over coming back from a weekend in the Grampians for that very thing, with my husbands bike on the back of the car - wan't even obscuring the plate in any way (it's a really light weight, thin thing and the rack is quite high up) but the policeman slappsed me with a fine, no warning, no nothing! I think he was just miffed that I wasn't speeding, bringing back an illegal piece of fruit, or driving dangerously in any other way, just wanted to get his quota up!
So while I have sympathy for any laws that reduce accidents, save lives, prevent injuries, I do think the traffic police here are - let's say "over zealous" and I've never ever heard of any of them exercising anything vaguely resembling common sense or "discretion" and issuing warnings instead of fines - and the huge fines (higher than anywhere else in Australia) are pretty much for revenue purposes, however much they try to dress them up as "safety-related"! Taking them to court for an unfair fine is also incredibly expensive here, and they know that they have you over the proverbial barrel.
Sometimes the grass will appear greener on the other side because it has been fertilised by bull****
ok me female, walking my dog (footpath), 6.15am .. hardly any traffic, no pedestrians only me.... i was approaching a pedestrian crossing, i thought i would just cross the road beforehand and walk back down the street in the other direction, checked over my shoulder no traffic only a car approaching in the distance.. i ran across the road and started walking on the path towards the car approaching me.. i noticed it was a police car, that suddenly slowed down and looked at me, at this time i am looking behind me for a masked murderer as they couldnt be looking at me, however, i heard them turn around behind me, so i turned my head to the left to look at where they were and they were curb crawling me...again i kept looking out for this criminal hiding in the bushes but again there was only me...after a while (and it seemed a long while) they moved off turned around again and drove in there original direction... so i am still asking myself what did i do wrong?
and the only two things i could possible think of: 1) jay walking, but surely you are allowed to cross a road if there is no traffic. 2) i ran across the road and let my dog have longer that a 1.5mtr lead and they were waiting for me to release his extender lead again whilst on the path and give me a fine....apart from those two.. maybe they were looking for a middle aged women with an orange dog who had held up the deli... or possibly it was the fashion police and at that time i wouldnt blame them for the fine...
I have a bit of information that might help out.
Firstly, the police and traffic matters. Police will usually issue an infringement notice for most traffic offences they happen to observe. They may occasionally caution someone when exigent circumstances exist. This is called "doing one's job". It is bloody annoying to get a ticket, I admit, I get really ticked off when I get a notice telling me I have to pay because I went through a speed camera (again). I know that speed cameras get me at ridiculously low speeds when a human copper would have reasoned that the speed was too low to actually put to a driver. But I have to acknowledge it was me, it was my car, I was driving and that's that.
Secondly, the quantum of fines. They are high in SA. They are intended to provide revenue to the state government. Individual police officers do not have a "quota" but they are required to show "activity". Yep, I know what you're thinking, it's a bit like the relationship between a "tax" and a "levy". And I'd agree with that. Speed cameras by the side of the road, red light traffic cameras and their associated speed detection cameras are prized by the state government for their revenue-earning capacity. Oh there is an associated issue of road safety of course, but I think it's pretty much camouflage for cash-strapped government. They could always bung up taxes I suppose but I prefer it if they use traffic fines, at least it's up to me if I contribute or not.
Thirdly, contrary to rumour, coppers are people and some of them even have parents who were actually married. Some are mad keen on traffic pinches, some do it grudgingly and to avoid being single out for lack of "traffic activity". "Traffic nazis" have been mentioned. Yes, they exist. One bloke who worked in the NE suburbs was so bad he was even sent to Coventry by his mates. His worse trick was standing in a bus shelter to hide with his radar gun. Bad enough but he also took up space in the bus shelter when it was needed. Very poor form indeed.
We all have stories to tell about how we wuz wronged by a copper. I've got a few about other occupations too, the really rude bus driver in Bournemouth when I was there last year, for example, how was I to know I couldn't park my bum in the baggage area?
One final point before I finish and it's back to stop signs, sorry about that. Never ever, when you are being pinched for rolling through a stop sign, if the nice police officer asks you about the stop sign, respond with, "what stop sign?" It makes it much worse, trust me