I had lunch with one of my customers today. A Company Director aged 55 who has had his license for over 35 years..
He also had his full 12 points untouched not booked for over 8 years.
He was pulled up out the back of Orange doing 132 in a 100 zone coped a substantual fine, I think $540.00. Thats not the worst of it.. Apparantly the NSW RTA have brought in a new law which states those caught speeding in excess of 30 KM's per hour over the posted speed limit receive a mandatory 1 month license suspension. He received the letter in the post two weeks after being booked...
This is news to me but I have confirmed it and have seen the letter and fine he received...
So not only is it a 4 points demerit its a mandatory 1 month suspension...
it really pisses me off how celbrities get off scott free, while we get f**ked in the arse with a baseball bat and no lube!
i mean, bloody hell, what's their public standing got to do with speeding? their car is just the same as mine at 130 kays. like a few years back where john singleton got caught doing 160 kays down the hume and he got let off!!! if they caught ME doing 160 kays an hour down the same stretch of the road, i'd have a very sore ass right now!
Went to geraldton(about 400ks north of perth) on the weekend with a mate. My mate was driving, doing 140+ in a 110 zone. His heart sank to the ground when a cop, coming the other way flashed his lights and turned round to come after us. Now, what makes this even worse is the fact his license is under fines suspension. This would incur a big time fine and possible license suspension for a LOOOOOnnnnnnnnngg time. Cop pulls us over and parks right next to us facing the opposite direction(we pulled over in a rest bay). He comes up to the window and says,"mate, do you know why i pulled you over??" followed by my mate,"yeh i have a pretty good feeling". Cop then asks for license(still has it but its suspended) followed by something I will never, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever forgot, and that was "I'm gonna let you with a warning today so just take it easy hey..." My mate,"Yeh no worries". I couldnt beleive it!!!!!!!!! Here I am with a suspended license cause of accumulation of points for speeding, mainly 10-15kms over, and then my mate gets away with doing 30+ over the limit. AND HE HAS NO LICENSE!!!!! Talk about damn lucky.
Geeez some people get hit real hard and other people just get a warning. How is this justice???? Shouldn't all cops be exactly the same when it comes to speeding??
i guess they have the discretion to let someone off if they feel like it, but sometimes it's just not fair! like that guy... 35 years driving, good driving record and he gets done for doing 132 in a 100 zone. that's just simply not fair considering other people get let off, or get these so-called fines (1 point, under 15 kays over the limit) when in fact they were doing a lot more than the speed limit.
but what can we do? i was thinknig about this today, and what can we do? who's going to listen to us? it's so easy to disregard us and say "ahhh, bloody hoons whingeing about being dealt some justice".
and the REALLY disappointing part is that most drivers just sit there and cop it! they can't be bothered taking their case to their local member, or whatever! they're like sheep - they will blindly follow a leader and believe anything he says.
Seems like we have a case of Good & Bad here, which does nothing to stop people feeling frustrated with the system.
I agree that the guy loosing his licence would probably get off the 1 month suspension if he went to court but by the time it gets there he mights as well have done his time; the other guy was just plain arsie but I have been hearing that Cops are issuing more warnings rather than tickets (interested to see if its general patrol cops or Highway Patrol).
I know on Old Illawarra Rd police have taken to flashing oncoming vehicles doing 70km in the 60 zone.
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