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johnsmith

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coronas not THAT bad ... it's rather bland without the lime. That's why the Mexicans export it rather than sell it domestically. Much like we do with our Fosters. No real Aussie would be caught dead drinking Fosters.
 

Aussie

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89 year old Ron Chester was stopped by the police around 2 a.m. and was asked where he was going at that time of night.
Ron replied, "I'm on my way to a lecture about alcohol abuse and the effects it has on the human body, as well as smoking and staying out late."
The officer asked, "Really? Who's giving that lecture at this time of night?"
Ron replied, "That would be my wife.
 

HBS Guy

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In January, driving from Launceston to George Town, going down a long hill I saw off to my left a car maybe 20 metres from the road, pointing in the direction of traffic, hidden from view before I noticed it by bushes, trees etc growing right to the road behind this car. Copper! Looked at the speedo, 108kph, 8 kph over the limit! Slammed on the brakes. No speeding ticket waiting for me when I returned yesterday—either I braked quick enough or it wasn’t a cop car! Think it was tho and would have made a great haul.
 
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johnsmith

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Attach filesIn January, driving from Launceston to George Town, going down a long hill I saw off to my left a car maybe 20 metres from the road, pointing in the direction of traffic, hidden from view before I noticed it by bushes, trees etc growing right to the road behind this car. Copper! Looked at the speedo, 108kph, 8 kph over the limit! Slammed on the brakes. No speeding ticket waiting for me when I returned yesterday—either I braked quick enough or it wasn’t a cop car! Think it was tho and would have made a great haul.
or he hadn't switched his radar gun on
 

SethBullock

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Attach filesIn January, driving from Launceston to George Town, going down a long hill I saw off to my left a car maybe 20 metres from the road, pointing in the direction of traffic, hidden from view before I noticed it by bushes, trees etc growing right to the road behind this car. Copper! Looked at the speedo, 108kph, 8 kph over the limit! Slammed on the brakes. No speeding ticket waiting for me when I returned yesterday—either I braked quick enough or it wasn’t a cop car! Think it was tho and would have made a great haul.
I used an online conversion tool to find out in miles per hour how fast over the speed limit you were going. The answer was 4.97 mph.
In the U.S. most police will not bother to stop you for such a minor encroachment over the speed limit. Legally, they can stop you for any amount over the speed limit, but in practice most officers have a tolerance of some level. When I was doing speed enforcement with radar, I didn't bother with violations of less than 10 mph.

Also, the way radar works, the greater the angle between the direction the violator is moving and the location of the radar unit, the lower the speed it computes. So if the police officer is some distance from the road he's monitoring, he's getting lower than actual speeds of the cars on that road. This is why police try to locate themselves as close to the edge of the road as safely possible so that angle will be small, thus allowing the radar unit to give the speed as close to actual as possible.

So I'm thinking that if that officer checked your speed with radar, and he was 20 meters off the road, his radar unit actually gave him a speed that is lower than what your actual speed was. To the officer, this was too small of a violation to bother with. I have long forgotten the degree of angle to speed computation solution, but if that angle was great enough, his radar unit may have shown you going the speed limit.

Is it common in Australia for police to stop and ticket you for speed violations of 5 mph or less?
 

HBS Guy

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Don’t stop you, picture your number plate and the speed and send you a speeding ticket. Tolerance is only a couple Km above the speed limit.
 

HBS Guy

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I would have deserved the ticket! I had the TomTom satnav device which would have beeped a warning when I went over the limit plus a HUD of my speed, no excuse for not realising I was speeding.
 

SethBullock

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Don’t stop you, picture your number plate and the speed and send you a speeding ticket. Tolerance is only a couple Km above the speed limit.
Ah yes, photo radar. Still, a tolerance can be given.

If you're getting a citation for 3-5 mph over the limit, I see that as a money generation tool, not traffic safety. To me, that sort of predatory traffic enforcement is not what you're paying police for. I see it as terrible public relations. If that's how they do business, it would explain why so many people must resent the hell out of them.
 
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