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Old 07-10-2003, 14:33   #1 (permalink)
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Question for Victorians

Hey guys,

Just a quick question to ask you all.

The Mrs and I are off to Melbourne on Monday morning for a week. It has been a 5 year since I have driven down there.

Where are the blacks spots for cops and what the story with Speed cameras. Do fixed speed cameras have to have a sign up like in NSW?

Also when you get to Broady there is the ring road. We are heading out to Melton, where does the ring road bring you out, near Sunshine on the Ballarat Rd or elsewhere.

Thanks for any help guys

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Old 07-10-2003, 16:18   #2 (permalink)
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Hey how ya doing mate.

I'd suggest keeping to the limit on the ring road as there are a heap of fixed cameras along it.

If you take the Ballarat road exit, it will take you straight into Melton.

Hope you have a good trip.
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There are more cops in VIC that will book you than NSW, the cops in country towns are bad, so watch for the speed limit signs, when it says 60 do it, even though you feel like you could walk faster.

There are couple of fixed cameras on the way, and they are well sign posted, cops in VIC will book you for less than 10 over if they feel like it as well.

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Old 07-10-2003, 16:39   #4 (permalink)
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:s6:Thanks for the tips guys.

I will just have to get the Mrs to drive into Victoria
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Unfortunately, fixed speed cameras are not sign posted in Vic. The Ring Rd has variable speed limits, so keep a close eye on the limit for the section your in. Every overhead gantry and most bridges have the cameras hidden on the other side, so they snap you as you drive away, so be wary!
And most of all remember, its only a 3kph tolerance, not 10% in Vic.

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Oh and red light cameras in VIC, half of them are also speed cameras as well, so speeding up to get through that orange light, will get you a fine either way, and if you are unlucky 2 fines.

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Thank good I left Victoria in 1976 and never moved back there.

Kidding guys, I just have to put with Holden rubbish for 5 days with my brother.
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Hey 66_mustang, so you've decided to add to the bracks governments revenue raising coffers (i.e. your driving through victoria) lol.

Assuming your coming along the hume hwy, watchout for a couple of fixed cameras along there. They are usually to the right of the road before bridges and are highly visible, i.e. they are mounted on poles just as red-light cameras are.

When you turn off from the hume to the ring road you have about 3-4 fixed speed cameras to deal with until you get to the western hwy. Usually they are behind the signs above the road and you can spot them by either looking for the camera flash unit which is positioned up on the far right behind signs (slightly obscured).
Although the they have positioned a camera between two overpasses, where the calder fwy exit is.
Also i have noticed that where the speed cameras are, there will be cutting in the road surface like at traffic lights.
Also they do have signs which point out that there is a fixed camera ahead, they say "fixed speed cameras operate throughout the state of victoria".

The melway ref of the speed cameras on the western ring road are (heading west): 6 E11, 15E8, 6F5.
For the ones on the way back, just get your Mrs to note them down as you are going past them.

Dont take anything that i have said above as the bible, it is intended as a guide only.
And if you really want to speed just look for the local (i.e. someone like me) who knows every camera position and only slows when they get to one. Or just speed between every overhead sign and when you come up to one that you are unsure about slow down.

Or why not have some fun and just piss everyone off by staying in the right lane, at or below the speed limit. cheers.
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Dude thanks for those pointers.

It has been years since I drove to Melbourne to visit the family. Last time I was trying to do a right hand turn into Bell St and almost got hit by a tram.

I will take it easy on the roads, but this bugger all margin with speed sucks big time. I would rather have cash in my pocket and spend it on Bourbons and VB's than give it to the brack govt.

A few cop friends here in Sydney/NSW have told me they always allow a margin of around 10% for the differences in speedo's. Maybe it is time they brought in national laws for everyone to abide by and give you guys a 10% margin like us.
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There is a fixed speed camera on the Hume just after Broadford before a Bridge, I actually sped past it during the week as it was hidden inbetween trees.

However, the post was at 60 degrees from horizontal and the speedo was only a couple of k's over so I'm hoping nothing comes in the mail.
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