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Old 07-11-2004, 20:47   #1 (permalink)
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Learner driver caught at 205km/h

More Ammo for the speed cameras....

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Learner driver caught at 205km/h
July 12, 2004

A TEENAGE learner driver recently clocked at more than 200km/h on Melbourne's Western Ring Road had been disqualified from driving for a year, Victoria's top traffic cop said today.

Her high speed on the ring road was part of a general pattern by motorists since fixed speed cameras were removed in May this year after they were found to be defective, Assistant Commissioner (Traffic) Bob Hastings said.

The learner driver, 18, was at the wheel of a Nissan Skyline with a 16-year-old female friend when she was caught by a Victoria Police mobile radar unit doing 205km/h in a 100km/h zone on the ring road at Sunshine, in Melbourne's west, on July 2.

Mr Hastings told radio 3AW the driver was booked under a recent police speeding blitz on the ring road.

There was no licensed driver in the car, as required under her learner's permit, and the driver was issued with several penalty notices, he said.

"I believe there was one young female passenger inside the car, so it was a cocktail for disaster and not something we ought to be patting ourselves on the back about," Mr Hastings said.

"If you're an L-plate driver, you've got to get experience, but you get the experience in the proper way.

"I'm not sure why that person was driving at that speed and what reason was offered.

"But I mean, you can't justify that speed, particularly when you're an L-plater driver learning and getting experience out on the road, and particularly on the Western Ring Road, which we know has a high volume of traffic all the time."

The driver had been fined $430 and banned from driving for 12 months.

She also could be charged with unlicensed driving or driving outside the conditions of her permit and other offences, Mr Hastings said.

Mr Hastings said police commonly detected speeds "up into the high 150s and early 160s" on the ring road and linked the problem to defective speed cameras on the road.

"I've got no idea (why motorists were driving at high speed), but it's just silly, and what I want to tell people is that if they think they'll get away with those speeds, they're not," he said.

"We will be out there and we'll be out there again until all those cameras are out there operating."
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Re: Learner driver caught at 205km/h

This learnerer should not be able to get a drivers licence for 5 years!
More for doing it in a Skyline!!!!
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If he can do 205kph whilst learning, imagine what he can do fully qualified...
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If he can do 205kph whilst learning, imagine what he can do fully qualified...
its a she mate.
and that is crazy that penalty is way to soft!!
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Old 07-11-2004, 21:09   #5 (permalink)
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Fvck... i can only imagine how the media would constrew that story if it were a male P or L plate driver.

Never the less, this will only help the case of "do gooders" to fuel their argument against younger drivers having high powered cars.
A ban from driving for 12months though is a little lenient though dont you think? especially if your caught doing rediculous speeds when you shouldnt be on the road (imagine when she is ).
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Re: Learner driver caught at 205km/h

sounds like a stolen car to me and possibly the police were giving cahse, which could explain the high speed. 12 months is not enough considering all the wrong that she was doing. should be 5 years at least and a $2000+ fine.
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Re: Learner driver caught at 205km/h

Way too leanient.. if a driver on his or her full licence was caught doing those speeds we'd get more than a $400 fine, and DEFINATELY more than a year. I wouldnt expect any less.

I think the police should make a point of this case, especially with what happened with the Clubsport only a couple of weeks ago. Take her off the road for a long, long time.

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Go girl. Who are you guys to judge?
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Old 07-11-2004, 22:56   #9 (permalink)
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imagine the firestorm that would start if she were driving a v8 ... When that family was killed (extreamly unfortunate and hate to use it as an example) in the HSV all that was said in the papers was "she was driving a v8 holden, thats a receipe for disaster". But the fact is that she was doing a normal speed, it was just bad luck and lack of confidence that sent the car onto the wrong side of the road, the v8 didnt jump from the bonnet and steer the car into the truck for christs sake, it makes no difference, it would have still happened in a lancer, infact i reckon the new muscle cars (fpv, hsv) are safer! check out the brakes and suspension thats on the gt and clubbies.
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Re: Learner driver caught at 205km/h

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Go girl. Who are you guys to judge?
I'm sure not many of us have reached 205 on public roads
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