Re: Speeding fine trouble! Warning!
Tell me about it - that's what I was worried about - getting pulled over for a breath test or something and they check your details (they do, coz Mum and Dad used to always listen on the scanner) and then get locked up!!!! The only reason I got my rego renewal papers with the notice about the "court imposed penalty" was because someone I knew from where I lived back then found the letter floating in the gutter down their street, totally drenched, and took the trouble to find me! If it was not for them, I would have tried to renew my rego and they would not have processed it and I would have been unregistered for who knows how long!!!!!
I dont have a problem with the police as a whole - they do their jobs etc, but perhaps it is their systems or something - and to me it just generates more distrust in the whole speed camera concept - they are arguably inaccurate, the motives are questionable, the success they achieve is related only to the money they raise, not reducing the road toll and now the system is not even administered fairly. Being told I was caught speeding so long after the event, I have no idea whether or not I was actually driving my car at the time because for a while (around that time) I broke my foot and couldnt drive the manual - so others were driving it.....but it could have been anyone!
At the end of the day, it is going to make me a lot more careful about checking when I think I have been caught because the last thing I need is to be dragged off to the cells for a night with two small kids for something I may or may not have done a year ago which I was not notified about....And in my profession, an arrest on my record is not something that is considered acceptable - whether it may be "expunged" or not - we all know that is not the case anyway - it would always be there.
It makes me wonder what they think they are doing and it also reminds me of a time a while back when the cops totally ignored me when I needed help.... I was stuck, broken down in my Sigma, halfway up Flagstaff Hill Road (for those in SA, they may know it). It is a very steep road, double lanes (well 3 lanes which switch) and nowhere to pull over. I was halfway up, the car was stuffed, it was 40 degrees that day, I had a 3 year old daughter and I was 9 months pregnant at the time. There are no houses anywhere near and my hubby at the time was at work, and had the mobile, as well as the stroller for my daughter. I had the bonnet up and was blocking off a whole lane of traffic and I was trying to work on the engine but the thing was dead. I saw a cop car coming up in the next lane and tried to wave them down. I was within 5m of them, max. They saw me and just looked and kept going. I thought they might turn around and come back, and they didnt.
So I carried my daughter about 500m up this hill, with cars buzzing around us (no footpath, nowhere to walk) to find a house to ring the RAA and my ex. I was really crook coz I had been out in the heat for hours and walking up the hill with my daughter - we had no water and were pretty dehydrated. I went into hospital that arvo and stayed there for a couple of weeks coz my blood pressure was so high. I put a complaint into the cops and in the end, those cops just denied they were ever there at that time and I was made to feel like I was a full on whiner.
Oh well, another complaint coming their way!
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