The one about the man allegedly driving 130 km/h over speed limit...

A man will face court after he was travelling at 130 km/h above the local speed limit in Edinburgh (SA) tonight.

Travelling east at 180 km/h in a 50km/h speed zone…

No it wasn't me, or anyone I know.

Anyhoo, what do people say when SAPOL catch them?

My foot fell asleep on the accelerator pedal?

Driver caught 130 km/h over speed limit

Comments

  • +4 votes

    Anyhoo, what do people say when SAPOL catch them?

    The question is, what CAN you say?

    "Sorry sir, You guys are wrong - your statistics indicate that I should be dead by now. I'm still alive and in deep shit now! What should I do?" lol

    •  

      Actually that's probably the most appropriate response when asked why you were going 130k over.

      There was a guy, a few years back, who did 240k in his wrx near where I was living on a 60-70 k main road, if that matters….it was all over the news too…

      He's response was "I just wanted to see how fast I could go…" or I think it was " I just wanted to see how fast my car could go"

      •  

        While I hate the whole thing about "every km/h over kills" and think that 10-15km/h over doesn't really make that much of a difference (yes, I've never claimed to be the most law-abiding citizen), no matter how hard I try, I don't think I would be able to justify 180km/h in a 50km/h zone. And unless it was mechanical failure, there really is no point trying to come up with an excuse.

        In front of the magistrate, I would really just come straight out and admit that I've done something stupid.

        •  

          Hm, maybe they should have separate roads….one that is for law abiding citizens and the other is for non-law abiding citizens. That way no innocent will be harmed, unless it's an accident on the law abiding roads; because all the unlawful drivers would be on a different road, so we should all feel safe knowing there are dedicated roads for those who just wanna speed or muck around with their car(s).

          Naturally all the non-law abiding citizens will kill themselves in car crashes or street racing or what have you leaving only the law abiding citizens well and looked after. Who cares about those who don't abide the law? Just let them with their own kind, eventually they will either learn or die trying….

          I would probably end up on the non-law abiding citizen roads myself from time to time, since sometimes I just feel like going faster than the limit for no other reasons than for enjoyment(because lets face it, slow speeds are frustrating or and dull….), or when I am late to something, that is a good excuse to use if these roads exists, otherwise I would most generally drive on the law-abiding citizen roads…..and following road rules like a good boy….

          What's your take on this if this ever bears fruit?

          •  

            @Zachary:

            What's your take on this if this ever bears fruit?

            I thought that's what the different lanes were for! :p

            All I'll say is, they should be setting the limits based on the 85th percentile rule. It's the speed that 85% of users would drive at naturally had there been no set limit. If you look at where they put the speed cameras, most of the speeds are 10km/h under that 85th percentile speed. That guarantees a good return for each camera.

            •  

              @bobbified:

              I thought that's what the different lanes were for! :p

              Those are meant for overtaking, my idea was to have a completely different and separate road that's not attached to the current road(s)(so no extra lane or two or more but whole new road that could be suffixed with B or something, so if a road is called Hatchman drive, the extra road would be called HatchmanB drive or something), and maybe a a wall or a fence of some sort in case car comes flying from the non-lawful roads and into the lawful roads where it will hit the law abiding drivers….

              All I'll say is, they should be setting the limits based on the 85th percentile rule. It's the speed that 85% of users would drive at naturally had there been no set limit. If you look at where they put the speed cameras, most of the speeds are 10km/h under that 85th percentile speed. That guarantees a good return for each camera.

              That would kinda be hard to quantify without removing the speed limits and surveying each car's speed using the speed cameras place on every road, street and highways (not sure what freeways would fall under?) for data analysis…of course no one will be fined whilst all this is happening as they just want to get a general idea of what speeds people are willing to do when they are not limited in anyway.

              •  

                @Zachary:

                my idea was to have a completely different and separate road that's not attached to the current road(s)(so no extra lane or two or more but whole new road that could be suffixed with B or something

                Right now, they can't even build bicycle lanes properly!

                That would kinda be hard to quantify without removing the speed limits and surveying each car's speed using the speed cameras place on every road, street and highways

                They actually do this already with those thick black tubes that run across the road. They're attached to data recorder boxes on the footpath. They use the data from this to setup speed cameras and install other traffic management devices.

                I recall seeing an official RTA (now RMS) document many years ago that had a listing the location of the cameras, the speed limit and the 85th percentile speed. I was quite pissed at the time because every single one of the limits was set to 10km/h less and it almost confirmed in my mind that those cameras are there to make money.

                •  

                  @bobbified:

                  Right now, they can't even build bicycle lanes properly!

                  Oh…..

                  They actually do this already with those thick black tubes that run across the road. They're attached to data recorder boxes on the footpath. They use the data from this to setup speed cameras and install other traffic management devices.

                  I remember being told those black tubes are just to see how many cars pass over, nothing more, nothing less; didn't know they also record vehicle speeds somehow…? I guess the next time I see one, I go over it slower….hahahahha, just to screw with them and basically send them a message that no speed cameras are needed in this area. ☺

                  I recall seeing an official RTA (now RMS) document many years ago that had a listing the location of the cameras, the speed limit and the 85th percentile speed. I was quite pissed at the time because every single one of the limits was set to 10km/h less and it almost confirmed in my mind that those cameras are there to make money.

                  I guess there's always two sides to an argument… So what they've done is lower the speed limit by 10km/h in the area but setup a speed camera in that area just to catch someone who would usually be driving 10km/hr over?

                  •  

                    @Zachary:

                    I remember being told those black tubes are just to see how many cars pass over, nothing more, nothing less..

                    They can be setup to do a range of road surveying activities - the data gets recorded into the box that's tied to the tree and it gets downloaded into computers for analysis.

                    So what they've done is lower the speed limit by 10km/h in the area but setup a speed camera in that area just to catch someone who would usually be driving 10km/hr over?

                    I should just clarify - setting the speed limit 10km/h under doesn't guarantee that it will catch most people. The 85th percentile speed is what most people will naturally drive at according to the road. If the limit is set to anything lower than that, it means most people will need to conciously monitor their speed to stay under the limit. Therefore, it doesn't take much for someone to go slightly over and have a nice picture taken. And I believe this is why the amount of speeding tickets issued in the first speeding bracket is significantly higher than the number in the remaining speeding brackets. Previously that first bracket in NSW was 0-15km/h over the limit. It's now been 0-10km/h for quite a few years…

                    •  

                      @bobbified:

                      They can be setup to do a range of road surveying activities - the data gets recorded into the box that's tied to the tree and it gets downloaded into computers for analysis.

                      Oh I see…..interesting…very interesting…..don't they fear anyone just stealing the box or and tubes? hahaha….

                      I should just clarify - setting the speed limit 10km/h under doesn't guarantee that it will catch most people. The 85th percentile speed is what most people will naturally drive at according to the road. If the limit is set to anything lower than that, it means most people will need to conciously monitor their speed to stay under the limit. Therefore, it doesn't take much for someone to go slightly over and have a nice picture taken. And I believe this is why the amount of speeding tickets issued in the first speeding bracket is significantly higher than the number in the remaining speeding brackets. Previously that first bracket in NSW was 0-15km/h over the limit. It's now been 0-10km/h for quite a few years…

                      Cruise control, problem solved; no need to keep monitoring the speedo, can now focus more of your surroundings so yo don't accidentally hit something whilst trying to make sure you're under the speed limit…. ☺

  • +1 vote

    oldie but goodie..

    I knew you were waiting, so I got here as quick as I could..

  • +2 votes

    "My brakes are stuffed and I'm hurrying home before I have an accident"?

  • +1 vote

    Medical condition - plumbumpesitis

  • +1 vote

    Beta tester.

  • +7 votes

    his girlfriend said she was home alone

  • +2 votes

    OPs username checks out

  • +2 votes

    The throttle got stuck.

  • +2 votes

    ALksdahgdks&#&Q?

    At least then you can try pleading insanity…

  • +1 vote

    Booty call

  • +2 votes

    this country is pi$$weak. a meth head killed someone in perth, and got 5 years in jail, will be out after 3…. total joke.

  • +4 votes

    Oh, I thought it was miles per hour….

    •  

      Love that even though she said she was doing under 75mph, she was actually clocked at 85mph which was over the 80 sign anyway.

  •  

    Either "Dolly did it" or "I blame society"…

  • -1 vote

    People here are pussies and the speeding laws suck, the low speed limits are for making $$$. Just came back from a trip to the middle east, part of a trip between two cities there is a strech of 80km single road, no lanes, most cars going 140-200+ kmph (my driver was 160-180~) and the overtake is in the middle of the road, cars from both sides have to use it.

    Over here 100-110kmph on our very safe frewways is for turtles. Everything is strict, RWC, etc, everything should be raised, especially freeways.

  •  

    "The sign is wrong. It's obvious that I could do 180 but it showed 50 only!"

  • -1 vote

    Depends. If you're Aboriginal you won't have to say anything lol. Either way Australia's road system is a total joke. It's on par with privatized profiteering prisons in the US.

    The high-end punishments for extreme cases of speeding or repeated negligence on the road isn't even that much worse than simple everyday stuff. Some parking fines can go up to $200-500, whereas a low range speeding fine is usually around $250-300. You get better value for money by speeding.