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speed camera Tawonga

Discussion in 'Falls Creek' started by soza, Jul 22, 2013.

  1. soza

    soza One of Us

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    ouch!!.........last weekend dash up the mountain just cost me an extra $180......I know I slowed down through the village but got me somewhere at 68Kmh.....so where is this blasted camera?
     
  2. currawong

    currawong Old but not so Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    can't say for sure, but it was almost certainly mounted on a car, probably a 4wd cop car. They often like to sit in the primary school car park and get you as you come down the hill. Wherever they were, Tawonga has been a favourite spot for cops for as long as I've been skiing Falls.

    Since the speed zones got changed a few years ago, they also really like sitting in Tawonga Sth near the Bright turnoff that is 60 but used to be 80

    moral of the story - don't speed in Tawonga, or Tawonga Sth

    and of course the real suckersville is the 40 zone near the ticket box at Falls
     
  3. scalymanfish

    scalymanfish A Local

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    More nanny state craziness. For 8 kmph over, $180 is robbery.
     
  4. weerab

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    Passed a cop car near bright just before the 60km becomes 80km. A little bit worried a si was doing about 70km on speedo, prolly 62km actual. It makes me sick really, no traffic around , driving very safely, just a few k over. as someone said on another thread, 110k in Victoria is safe, 111k you will surely die, just a bloody revenue raiser isn't it?
     
  5. scalymanfish

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    Most decent cops won't leave their hiding place for less than 10ks over. Speed cameras on the other hand.... There just isn't enough tolerance. Geez, I may have taken my eye off the speedo for a second, my speedo could be out by 2 kms. Those 2 factors can have you going 6 or so kms over in a second, and for that you get fined $180, and that my friends is nothing but revenue raising no matter how much of our money they spend telling us otherwise.
     
  6. Ziggy

    Ziggy A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    Cop car or mobile speed traffic vehicle?

    The former would have been after you.

    The latter ... you get to wait for something in the mail.

    DOJ website has mobile speed camera sites listed.

    ...

    Got the same kind of heart-starter near the junction of Running Ck rd and Kiewa Hway, late at night.

    Was a mobile and my GPS had me well over.

    No flash, no pursuit, nothing ugly in the mail.
     
  7. weerab

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    Pretty sure it was a 4wd police vehicle, so shou,d be ok
     
  8. MickeyE

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    Soza

    Might be able to save you $180 & points...by applying for an official warning. Police mate put me on to this and it does work under conditions set out. I've even been given a few bottles of wine as thanks...! Conditions and vicpol links below.

    If it doen't help you then this will help others out there.

    https://www.police.vic.gov.au/content.asp?document_id=10369

    You can generally apply for an official warning if you:

    Hold a current driver's licence, including probationary, or current learner driver's permit.
    Have not been issued with a speeding, other traffic fine or official warning within the previous two years.
    Were caught doing less than 10 kilometres per hour over the speed limit.
    Do not deny that you committed the offence.
     
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  9. Rimey

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    "Don't fool yourself ... it's tax collection".
     
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    Don't want to pay the tax, don't speed.
     
  11. weerab

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    Easy to say, I don't speed but you can't drive with your eye on the bloody speedo, you're supposed to be watching the road. It's so easy to momentarily hit 75kph when you're in a 70kph zone for example. It,s just a joke, I spend more time watching the damn speedo than I do looking at the road in front!
     
  12. teckel

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    I get the reduced rego or licence fee or something for having a clean record. [​IMG] In reality, my number plate cover is dirty [​IMG] Travelling at 100kph up the black spur about 10pm the other night (speed limit a ridiculously low 80kph), there was a car behind me, not tail-gating but keeping up with me, so knew it had to be a local. Pulled over to let him pass, and it was a local cop in the 4WD cop car! [​IMG] He lost me after 2 bends - he was flying. And I'm pretty sure I know which cop it was - a rally driver in part of his spare time.
     
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  13. Rimey

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    Is law is good. So, you've had the lobotomy.
     
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  14. Donkey

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    Spend less tIme lookin at your speedo and more time looking at the road and you might see that speed camera parked on the side of it
     
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    Even in summer with 60 it can get you on the downhill with that nice little roller with a long straight stretch to follow.

    I remember watching the 3 peak challenge bike race 7 or 8 years ago from the top of Howmans Gap and there was a cop there with a speed gun and some of the bikes were a good 10-15km/h over the limit.
     
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  16. Ubiquitous Steve

    Ubiquitous Steve A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    Vic Police getting pretty cunning out on Milawa/Oxley Snow Rd.

    I agree with weerab keeping eyes on road should be the focus of road safety not playing watch the speed camera.

    Drivers keep driving off Hume Highway cos they fall asleep after a few hours behind wheel.
    This seems to be bigger killer than just sitting 6 or seven kms over posted limit!!!!
     
  17. TOFF

    TOFF Im kind of a big deal Ski Pass: Gold

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    This ^^^
     
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  18. pansnow

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    The best thing I have found is use a GPS with speed limit alert.
    My Navman is great on the highway is sets of an alarm when coming into towns when the speed drops from 110 back to 60 very quickly. Its a bonus between adel and melb there are heaps of small towns where if you blink you will miss them them but the speed limit drops from 110 to 80 to 60 then back up 110. It has saved us heaps of times it just gives you that little wake up call.
    The basic navman for under $100 has the feature it some time it is wrong but on most main roads its not bad.
    Cheaper than a speeding fine of $180 you can also set the alarm threshold.
    Means you can keep your eye on the road.
     
  19. TOFF

    TOFF Im kind of a big deal Ski Pass: Gold

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    all good tools, plus pre set cruise control etc.

    I always [​IMG] at people who complain they got booked doing 84 in an 80 etc. Whats the ad say, Wipe off 5.
     
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  20. Ubiquitous Steve

    Ubiquitous Steve A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    Team Bears say that they are not buying the wipe off 5 at all.....

    Tired inattentive drivers pose a far greater danger to me than somebody doing 5 or ten kms above the legal speed limit.
     
  21. Apresski

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    I think I heard on radio that they are getting rid of the cheaper licence fee for 'safe' drivers.
     
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  22. TOFF

    TOFF Im kind of a big deal Ski Pass: Gold

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    Id rather those 'tired and inattentive' drivers are going as slow as possible.
     
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  23. Charlie

    Charlie Still the most depraved poster here Ski Pass: Gold

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    I had a minor bingle on the Monash about a month ago, ran up the back of another car in peak traffic.
    Didn't hurt the other car, it had a large towbar, but wrote off my little Daewoo!
    No airbag, so I copped the steering wheel in the chest, and split my sternum.
    Police and ambulance turned up, I have the greatest praise for the Ambos, the copper was good too, but told me due to my age I might have to do a licence test.
    The upshot is I've got an appointment with Vicroads to see if I retain my licence
    I have no problem with this, and if I don't pass, I shouldn't be on the road anyway!
    The practical test should be a shoo-in, thank Christ I don't get tested on the regs.
     
  24. weerab

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    I didn't think you were that old Charlie, at what age do they consider you have to another test
    ? Have to talk my son into buying a car with bags, I don't hold much hope that he will listen to me. He is driving an old Telstar but wants a Vl commodore or some such ancient hoon type car.
     
  25. Charlie

    Charlie Still the most depraved poster here Ski Pass: Gold

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    Yeah, airbags are the go.
    I don't trust seat belts in a similar situation, I reckon they take too long to take up the slack.
     
  26. chriscross

    chriscross One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Got pulled up by a cop car, lights flashing, on the snow road last week. I had seen the car going the other way but he must have done a U-turn and came up behind. I was sitting on 110 and thought I was gone. But I had been sipping from a cup of take-away coffee purchased in Myrtleford. He thought I had been talking on a mobile phone. I showed him the cup in the centre console and he believed me (because it was true). Checked license, rego etc. and sent me on my way. Cost 10 minutes but not a bad outcome.
     
  27. soza

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    thanks for the link mickeyE, worth a try. and I suppose its just a case of been more mindful in the future.
     
  28. currawong

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    i think technically you are not allowed to eat or drink while driving anyway, so you could still have been in the poo if the cop had wanted to do you
     
  29. Ubiquitous Steve

    Ubiquitous Steve A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    Good outcome...Result was that you probably slowed down a little and left with a greater respect for Vic Police..

    A warning/caution achieves a good result sometimes.....

    Speed Cameras are not the method to change driver behaviour....they are bull....

    We all drive at 110km up to last one on Hume coming out of Melb then new speed limit becomes 115 with almost everybody doing at least 115kmph...

    Police Radar clocked me at 122km not far from Seymour..got off with warning which was very lucky..but then I did slow down bit and left with a greater respect for the police..

    Watch Snow Rd as police have been active and keep turning up when i am not expecting to see them...
     
  30. soza

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    Thanks MickeyE my official warning came through the post yesterday.


    Really appreciate your knowledge on this mate, saved me some cash and a couple of points, going to treat the mrs to a new snowboard with the money saved.
    If you PM your address ill get some of the fine local grape sent your way.
     
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  31. teckel

    teckel Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

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    Apparently not so. I asked a local copper about it and he said there was no law against it.
     
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