Thursday, July 12, 2018

GRRRRRRRRRRRR

Received a very nice letter in the mail yesterday from the constabulary inviting me to make a donation to the consolidated fund per courtesy of a newly installed speed camera positioned two km outside the Whangarei City limits (92k in an 80k zone at 1.15 am in the morning driving home from Hamilton).

Fair cop (I guess).    Wots harder to take is the unrelenting barrage of  'I told you so' from Mrs Veteran.  

11 comments:

Gerald said...

You Guess? No guessing about it. Oh silly me the sign should change at 1.15am.

Allan said...

Absolutely nothing to do with road safety, just a revenue collecting exercise. I have had 3 speed camera tickets over the years and each time the non negotiable cheque has been written out to the Inland Revenue Department AKA as NZ Police Traffic Division and each time the cheque has been cashed. The whole thing is a bloody farce. The cameras are not placed in accident prone areas but in areas where speed can inadvertently increase such as at the bottom of hills or directly after a zone where the speed limit decreases from 100kmph to 50 kmph. Easy targets means more revenue. END OF STORY!!!!

The Veteran said...

Gerald ... I said fair cop although you might argue that at 1.15 am on a SH outside the city boundary and a deserted road it was a bit tough but, you're right, and no excuse and I forgive you for sounding like Mrs Veteran.

Adolf Fiinkensein said...

For once Gerald has said something sensible.

Speed signs outside schools here change from 60 kph to 40 kph for an hour and a half when children (goats have kids) are entering and leaving schools. Signs on busy freeways change during peak ours and revert to higher speeds during non peak.

So yes, why not two km south of Whangarei?

David said...

Allan, if you cannot control your speed descending a hill you have no right to be on the road. I assume your car has gears and brakes. Speed zone changes are just as easy, lift your foot from the pedal when you see the sign and you can almost be down to the correct speed without braking. Its called driving, being in control of your vehicle; its not called whingeing because you are too incompetent to safely operate a vehicle.

Allan said...

Oh to be so righteous David. I wonder how many times you have inadvertently gone over the speed limit but not been caught.

David said...

Inadvertently? Never.

Consciously? Quite often.

David said...

BTW, do you know what it means for a cheque to be marked "Not negotiable"? I guess not.

Psycho Milt said...

I've come to view it as a cost of driving, like registration and insurance only a lot more variable - some years you drive for free, other years are pretty expensive.

Wots harder to take is the unrelenting barrage of 'I told you so' from Mrs Veteran.

My wife's been doing a lot more open road driving the last few years, so I don't get that any more - if she says anything I can mention the times I've been pleasantly surprised to find her rego on the request for payment.

Noel said...

Plenty of speed camera apps and GPS's around. If yah heavy footed spend a little to save a lot.

Anonymous said...

Sympathies Veteran. The French being all for Liberté, Égalité and Fraternité actually put up large signs a K before the cameras warning drivers that they are there....and still I was pinged twice. Stupidity and inattention on my part. I use laser jammer in the UK against the revenue gathering vans.

Lord Egbut