Lower speed limits, raise blood pressure

Posted by Stephen Corby at 4:09 pm on Thursday February 23, 2012

Getting booked speeding is always like being kicked in the groin by an elephant and stabbed in the wallet at the same time, but imagine the searing, infuriating pain of being pinged for going under the limit.

This was our joy the other day after deputy editor Chesto and I went for a drive in the beautiful, batty, brilliant-bended Royal National Park, south of Sydney. I was driving the new 911, which we’d managed to steal off Porsche for a day so Chesto could sneak a review into the March issue, and I’d parked our BMW 118i long-termer at the bottom of the hill. We’d brought it along so we could shoot it with the Porsche and do a fairly long-bow comparison for our Garage section, based on them both being rear-wheel driven.

I was driving enthusiastically around a corner when the dreaded blue and white colours flashed towards me, a moustache-mouthed police officer making a donut-shape of shock with his lips as he realised he’d seen me, but not for long enough to get a three-second lock on his radar and book my ass off.

Feeling sickened, short of breath and yet relieved I turned around to drive back down, slowly, only to see the furious police officer had pulled someone over, and yet could still find time to point me to the side of the road as well. After giving me a verbal spray about how lucky I was and how he sooooo neeeeaaarly got me, he jabbed a finger over his shoulder and snapped: “So, have you got this bloke’s wallet, he wasn’t so lucky.”

It was only at this point that I realised the bloke he’d pulled over was Chesto, in the relatively asthmatic 1 Series.

He’d been pulled for, allegedly, doing 84km/h. Now, the road we were on was entirely surrounded by bushland, nowhere near a built up area. It is a country road, and I’m sure that, in my living memory, it used to be a 100km/h zone, although the RTA tells us it was only ever an 80-limited area, until 2007 when, for reasons that they’ve thus far flatly refused to tell us, it was dropped to 60km/h.

This is, in fact, the limit for much of the National Park, which is patently absurd, and clearly lower than it was five years ago. The only reason we can see is to enable the local constable plods to effectively shoot fish in a barrel. Surely 95 per cent of the cars they drive past with radars at the ready would be speeding.

But back to poor bloody Chesto, who’s been booked for doing 4km/h over the previous, sensible limit for this stretch of road, or, in a more sensible universe, for doing 16km/h under what the limit would surely be anywhere else in Australia on a road like this.

What a load of bollocks. Which is a lot milder than what Chesto said afterwards.

This isn’t a unique stretch of road, of course, all the way from Sydney down the coast 100 zones have dropped to 80, 70 and even 60. And we all just suck it up and slow down, unquestioningly, and no one has to explain to us why.

I can feel a campaign coming on. I’m angry.

Doesn’t it drive you mad?

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  1. scathing said...
    Thursday February 23, 2012 at 5:15 pm Link to comment Report comment

    The cops patrol the “Nasho” like it was a training camp for Al Qaeda. It doesn’t help that there are a lot of driving enthusiasts who go through there at a decent rate of knots, such as the infamous “Crazy Carlo” in his Top Gear Australia audition tape, and a fair few number of them end up in the scenery. They will book everyone and anyone who isn’t in a cardigan car.

  2. petersham said...
    Thursday February 23, 2012 at 5:21 pm Link to comment Report comment

    Interesting. While its annoying to cop a fine and loose the points, Chesto mate you were speeding, the law applies to everyone…

  3. Twinkle-Pants said...
    Thursday February 23, 2012 at 7:29 pm Link to comment Report comment

    @petersham
    What you’re doing mate, is eating all shit as it’s given to you. There’s a time when you stop and ask, “Why am I putting up with this shit?”

    At the end of the day, the cops don’t give a crap about you. They just want your money, then proceed to say they are saving lives.

  4. spandau tango 7 said...
    Thursday February 23, 2012 at 7:53 pm Link to comment Report comment

    not just the cops, its every public servant in nsw, from the local council up to who ever, they think they can get away with anything, unless it stops we will have a civil war.

  5. Jusking said...
    Friday February 24, 2012 at 7:59 am Link to comment Report comment

    This is blatant and utter bullshit. It goes along the same premise of putting an unmarked speed camera on a perfectly crafted stretch of straight, triple lane highway and saying it’s there for our safety. If the government really wanted to stop us from ‘speeding’, they’d make it mandatory for speed limiters to be put in cars and would have them satellite-linked for each different speed zone. Of course they want us to speed. It’s the same as smoking. If they were actually interested in our health, they’d make it illegal. But they make waaaaay too much money off the ridiculous taxes to make it illegal. Australia – you have let us and our wonderful people down once again. This cannot continue, or there will be national unrest.

  6. Black dog said...
    Friday February 24, 2012 at 11:42 am Link to comment Report comment

    Its almost an invasion on our rights to think isn’t it!! we are expected to do as we are told by a bunch of a/holes with a badge or a degree.
    This shit isn’t just on the rd but anywhere the public can get ripped for no other reason but$$ mostly because our FING USELESS GOV wastes tax dollars like there is a money tree in everyone’s backyard,
    You think the cops rip you,try being a landlord and business owner.Not 1 month goes by without a new gov fee increase or new law that you don’t know about till you get done! try coming to work and finding a yellow line on the street in front of your buis that means no stopping or parking inc you and your customers-no warning no consultation,all in the name of safety,
    oh but you can apply for a permit at a cost of $780py-phaaark.

    A mate got done last week in an 80 zone that was a 100 zone a few days before-arrogant 20 something oinker had the nerve to treat him to a 10min lecture on safety-this to a bloke who drives a b/double most days.

    Its out of control and somethings gotta give
    Bastards…

  7. IamDaStigCat said...
    Friday February 24, 2012 at 12:26 pm Link to comment Report comment

    Pretty sure the government likes to change the speed limits and not tell us about, so unfortunately for some they get caught out speeding without realising. I guess they call it “Revenue Making?”

    Chesto, mate, unfortunately for you, you got caught. But I do know that in some country areas the speed limit is arounf 80km/h. I guess this varies from state to state.

    Speaking of the government, this ‘CARBON TAX’ will probably make them change the speed limits even more. Probably an excuse like this: “We believe the faster the speed limit, the more CARBON our cars will emit. So therefore, we have reduced all speed limits to help reduce our carbon emissions.” More likely, the reason for this is they’ll change the speed limits without telling us drivers which means they can make more MONEY from us.

    It’s even more confusing if you’re a learner driver. Before th new laws were introduced, the maximum speed you could do was 80km/h. Now with the new laws it allows you to do 100km/h. What do you believe??? If you do 100km/h and you obtained your learners on the old system, you’re afraid you could get caught speeding! Or do you stick with 80km/h to stay safe?

    Who knows what to do when the speed limit changes that constantly and no one tells you? I guess the best bet is to do research of what the limits are. Still, it probably won’t stop the stress, tension and rising blood pressure to us poor drivers.

  8. spandau tango 7 said...
    Friday February 24, 2012 at 3:37 pm Link to comment Report comment

    sad thing is that you wont see radars at the driveby shooting areas in sydney, maybe thats where you should test the cars corbs.

  9. spandau tango 3 said...
    Friday February 24, 2012 at 7:19 pm Link to comment Report comment

    jusking,wonderfull people? wrong, the country maybe wonderfull but the people are retards, ever since 1770 every dipstick has landed here and you cannot get rid of it, its in the DNA. Im sure one day something will trigger off a civil unrest, and it will be against the public servants, people will just over power army depots and police stations and get the fire power they need.

  10. Cyclista said...
    Saturday February 25, 2012 at 3:36 pm Link to comment Report comment

    So he’s been booking for 24km/h over the limit? Well, morons speeding through the Royal National Park put me off riding through there for life. Didn’t one of your ‘journalists’ recently crash a car? Was he ‘just driving along’ too? Luckily your all obeying the speed limit in your Lambo video!

  11. Melvin Stare said...
    Saturday February 25, 2012 at 7:57 pm Link to comment Report comment

    I also used to cycle in the RNP but all the drug dealers and hoons put me off, I hope you are satisfied Mr Top Gear!

  12. watafeelin said...
    Saturday February 25, 2012 at 10:27 pm Link to comment Report comment

    oh dear oh dear

  13. watafeelin said...
    Saturday February 25, 2012 at 10:33 pm Link to comment Report comment

    some one tell T Abbot to put Hume hwy to 130, the rest of good country roads to 110 and there will be less fatigue incidents and the economy will prosper and we will have a good PM!!

  14. Black dog said...
    Sunday February 26, 2012 at 1:30 pm Link to comment Report comment

    No one asked you cyclists
    your a bunch of smelly hypocritical law breakers yourselves.

    Start PAYING YOUR WAY keep in your lanes/paths stop running lights etc etc etc
    and shut the f#%k up!!

  15. Melvin Stare said...
    Sunday February 26, 2012 at 10:13 pm Link to comment Report comment

    I DO PAY MY WAY MR BLACK DOG, I was cycling at the Royal National Park and when I stopped for a rest, two men dressed as police men came out of the bushes and did things that I can not talk about here so I gave them $50 each and they returned to the bushes.

  16. black dog said...
    Sunday February 26, 2012 at 11:22 pm Link to comment Report comment

    Melvin
    your a funny guy!

  17. Stephen Corby said...
    Monday February 27, 2012 at 11:45 am Link to comment Report comment

    A funny cyclist, tell us your real name.

  18. Melvin Stare said...
    Monday February 27, 2012 at 5:08 pm Link to comment Report comment

    Why? so someone else can hurt me? The other day I was flying down a hill on my recumbent cycle when someone had glued a full bottle of champagne on to the road, on impact the cork flew thru the seat at such force that I had to have an operation.

  19. Big Red said...
    Monday February 27, 2012 at 8:47 pm Link to comment Report comment

    The speed limit was dropped because of all the idiots on two wheels that go flat out at speeds approaching Warp 1, many killing themselves with monotonous regularity. Now most of these brain dead bike guys were so far over the speed limit the RTA decided to drop the 80 kph limits down to 60 kph in an effort to kill even more innocent law abiding people with the even greater speed differential between unquestioning, law abiding, Mr. Miagi in his cardigan and Camry by turning him into a mobile chicane for the outlaw biker bunch.
    Nice work RTA or RMA or whatever you call your selves today. You can change the same, but not the stupid decisions and driver hating culture.

  20. spandau tango 6 said...
    Tuesday February 28, 2012 at 12:05 am Link to comment Report comment

    yoda, what ta hell does ” a 7 mean”????

  21. Speed Demon said...
    Tuesday February 28, 2012 at 2:34 pm Link to comment Report comment

    I haven’t blogged hear for ages Spandua Tango what is with that David Icke did he escape from gey lands or somthing and he can’t even spell. Rember ages back we most of us regulars decided to not blog because Corbz was in a habbit off doing blogs every 3 months so we got pissed off and stopped blogging. I can’t even belive i responded to that i will be gone again now good bye.

  22. spandau tango 6 said...
    Tuesday February 28, 2012 at 9:22 pm Link to comment Report comment

    dont worry about corbs yoda, hes just a lazy c but his lucks going to runout soon enough so just keep bloging.

  23. stigs australian son said...
    Tuesday February 28, 2012 at 10:31 pm Link to comment Report comment

    i think that the government should make 1 speed limit for every road in australia of 120km/h

  24. Nett on Net said...
    Wednesday February 29, 2012 at 3:15 pm Link to comment Report comment

    Firstly the people who make the speed limits do it with our safety in mind. They have to cater to everyone (yes even those of you who think you are better drivers than everyone else). They make these limits after research and going through heaps of relevant information. They are not done on a whim.
    Secondly I drove through RNP a couple of weeks ago and the speed signs are very clearly marked. I think the limit is warranted given the very windy and sometimes almost blind conditions, the dark spots and of course the idiots on the road.
    You got caught doing the wrong thing. Take it like a man you big girls blouse.

  25. oxleigh said...
    Wednesday February 29, 2012 at 7:03 pm Link to comment Report comment

    80% of Australian drivers don’t deserve limits higher than 80 anywhere. I would love to have fair limits but the lowest common denominator guides the powers to set what they think the LCDs can handle.
    If the government was fair dinkum about road safety they would bring in proper driver education.
    Half the idiots on our roads would not last a week in Europe where most of the drivers pay with lots of money for quality education before they are let loose on the public roads.
    Our “freeways” and toll roads are a disgrace, only 2 lanes most of the time and every 2nd car under the speed limit in the right lane.
    Learners should be banned from the main freeways as they are in Europe, they don’t learn anything on freeways, speeds too low and all the family in the car sometimes because this is the only way to get the obnoxious amount of hours the experts say that are needed to get a licance.
    Less hours and more quality teaching is the answer, not mum and dad who are bad drivers as well.

  26. GooGoo said...
    Thursday March 1, 2012 at 9:27 am Link to comment Report comment

    Our main problem is that the Government departments try desparately to copy overseas countries and mostly just stuff it up mainly because they are just so stupid, an exsample is when Bob Carr the NSW premier wanted to ban JetSkis in NSW, the idiots decided to make Jetski riders travel at 4knots in places where other boats could travel at any speed, now whoever did that has to be a first class idiot no one with a brain would do that, but the NSW government did!

  27. Speed Demon said...
    Thursday March 1, 2012 at 9:44 am Link to comment Report comment

    Stigs Australian son- you wouldn’t say that if you saw the roll over i saw last night A 70 seris land cruiser, thankfully for me the occupant was gone (not dead just wasn’t at the scene he was bloody lucky to be alive after that. That doesn’t include the drunk driver accident i found with other people a couple off weeks before or the accident vechile vs lamp post in the same place as mr drunk driver. I get pissed off to at how slow most of our roads are but it’s when you see the carnage off the idots you go ohh now i see why now that makes sence.

    Spandua I wasn’t aware i had any luck or i’d be at the casino right now trying it out. I work hard and anything i get from that it all i get so what do you have to say about that mr smarty pants.

  28. weerobby said...
    Thursday March 1, 2012 at 12:44 pm Link to comment Report comment

    I got booked driving an MTT Perth bus on the freeway at under 60kph. I was flatout and the bus was a 1950s halfcab preselector Leyland.
    The police officer then booked me for not displaying a rego sticker, ever seen a gov’t vehicle with one ?
    Both tickets were withdrawn.

  29. spandau tango 6 said...
    Thursday March 1, 2012 at 12:49 pm Link to comment Report comment

    yoda, not you, you ding bat,i said corby, he’ll most likely will get replaced by george negus or someone like that.

  30. Donno said...
    Thursday March 1, 2012 at 1:28 pm Link to comment Report comment

    The speed limits are deliberately low so plod can rip off the motorist. I follow the speed of the traffic and it’s generally 10-15K above the posted limit. Around schools I will drive slower than the posted speed and keep my wits around me.

  31. JUST BOOKED said...
    Thursday March 1, 2012 at 4:21 pm Link to comment Report comment

    WHY DON’T WE STOP WHINEING AND DO SOMETHING? GOT ANY WELL PLANED IDEAS?
    COS YOU HAVE TO COUNTERACT THE SPEED KILLS MANTRA THAT ALL THE DO GOODERS HIDE BEHIND?

  32. stuk said...
    Thursday March 1, 2012 at 6:59 pm Link to comment Report comment

    You bet! This gov’t was supposed to take rational position vis speed cameras, limits, etc. Think I’ll live to se a gov’t give up money? Was that a flying porker??

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