Kona - still saving unfortunately. $4 grand more to knock off the slate and then cameras!
Well KonaCommuter i honestly hope it doesn't come to the point where you are forced by another's actions not to enjoy the simple act of getting on your bike and enjoying yourself. That said, do you have any review of that jaycar cam at all? I'd like to know how it compares to something like the 808#16 cam from eletoponline365 off ebay.
Yes - My review is Don’t Bother, save the $29.95 for a decent camera.
Police: Were you hurt? Cyclist: No Police: Was there any damage? Cyclist: No Police: Well what's the problem then?
Just the cynic in me.
Ask if that’s the line of questioning if you produce a firearm the next time a motorist endangers your life and see the response.
I know that I’m preaching to the choir but I honestly do not understand the wilful ignorance to road safety. 1,500 killed and 30,000 hospitalised every year and as a society we condone drink driving if it’s only a little bit over, speed camera’s are the source of open hostility and so on
exadios wrote:Exactly. In order for there to be a "hit and run" (whatever it is actually called in the particular state) the party that leaves the scene has to be aware that there has been an accident. I doubt whether this driver did know.
Not sure about the ACT legislation, but in NSW rule 287 requires drivers to stop when "involved in a crash" and there is no exception if they didn't realise that there had been an accident (although logic dictates that you won't stop if you don't realise). However someone I know had their car sideswiped by the rear wheels of a semi trailer which did not stop, and the police gave the semi driver "benefit of the doubt" and didn't book them for failing to stop.
So yes, it is technically illegal, but the cops probably won't do anything about them leaving the scene unless it's obvious that they were aware of the collision.
However if they claim to have not been aware of the collision, then it becomes really difficult for them to try and disprove your version of events (important for incidents without camera footage, but where damage to their car shows evidence of the collision).
KonaCommuter wrote: speed camera’s are the source of open hostility
This really REALLY irks me, people constantly moaning on about speed cameras just being 'revenue raising'. Hello, don't speed, PROBLEM SOLVED! .
Crap. I don't speed and I loathe them, their overuse and associated justification advertising has promoted a mindset among too many motorists that as long as they don't speed they are driving safely. Govts and police use them as a cost saving measure to reduce patrols which are proactive policing and finally, they don't stop one speeding car they merely invoice after the fact. There's no way of proving this as there will never be stats collected on it but I'll lay a fiver that more than one road death caused by a speeding car would not have occurred if it had been detected and intercepted rather than photographed prior to the prang.
According to local media, VicPol are planning on cracking down on right lane hogs and pace cars (not before time) and much of the public sentiment is that it is unwarranted. Dunno why, if they're doing nothing wrong they've got nothing to worry about.
If you want cameras (red light excepted) to really have a positive impact, have a fleet of marked and unmarked Police, not lowest tendering contractors cars cruising any and every road day and night with four way constantly recording cameras and a button on the dash where the driver can flag anything for review.
...whatever the road rules, self-preservation is the absolute priority for a cyclist when mixing it with motorised traffic. London Boy 29/12/2011
I like speed cameras, but also like MB, I believe it doesn't make drivers safer, just paranoid. I remember driving in Melbourne quite some time ago after a long hiatus in Qld. whilst almost every driver observed the speed limit, the skills displayed (or rather lack of) were no different to the lack of skills prevalent in Qld.
I could agree with you, but then we would both be wrong.
You're trying to convince me that our speed laws are bad ??
I guess they are really - most Australian speed laws in our cities are too high. And 90% of Australian motorists would ignore them at will if the speed cameras were dropped (as they did back in the 80s prior to their implementation here in Melbourne)
Riding bikes in traffic - what seems dangerous is usually safe; what seems safe is often more dangerous.
trouble is is speed cameras were removed, people would exceed the speed limits meaning higher velocity masses hitting things.
as for having to watch the speedo, most cars have speed alert options in them now. no need to watch the speedo, just let the car keep an eye on it for you. my old commode (and company commode before that) both had them. in nearly 350,000kms of driving, not a single speeding ticket which I put down to the religious use (and familiarisation of how it worked) of the speed alert feature. most GPS units now can tell you what the speed limit exactly where you are driving and will alert you as well. considering a GPS unit is less than a typical speeding fine, there's no reason not to have one for this purpose alone.
I could agree with you, but then we would both be wrong.
for all those wanting quick justice, please note, the wheels of justice turn slowly.
I lodged a complaint that day with the Roads and Traffic authority after this...they looked at it for 2 weeks. they were helpful but then suggested I contact police. I spoke to police and they took a further 4 weeks to issue a ticket.
Thank you to oxford for his pro-forma statement....very simple to use. Driver got a ticket 6 weeks after, but still got a ticket!