Trucam

TruCAM II: Rider’s friend or foe?

While some riders may not like the hi-tech TruCAM II radar gun’s ability to more accurately measure speed, the device could also be considered a friend of the motorcyclist. Features which may appeal are its ability to target tailgaters, aggressive drivers, distracted driving and vehicles obstructing traffic. So why aren’t they used more for these …

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NSW motorcycle police pursuits

Double demerit points for long weekend

Double demerit points are in place in NSW and the ACT this Queen’s Birthday long weekend with NSW Police launching Operation Stay Alert from midnight tonight (5 June 2020). NSW Police say they will have officers “out in force targeting speeding, drink and drug driving, driving while fatigued, mobile phone, helmet and other traffic offences” …

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Police target riders over crash deaths

Queensland Police will target motorcycle speeds after a spike in rider and pillion deaths in the first five months of the year, despite the reduction in traffic during the pandemic lockdown. They have vowed to increase their presence and revert to their mobile speed camera program which had been temporarily suspended during the lockdown. Inspector …

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Ban on GPS speed camera alerts

Germany is banning fixed speed camera alerts provided on most GPS units and many mobile phone apps in a worrying trend that could be replicated in other countries. In most Australian states, fixed speed cameras are sign posted, but safety nannies are always looking for new ways to clamp down on speeding and could start …

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Rider’s bike impounded after chase

NSW Police have charged a male aged 40 and impounded his Kawasaki Ninja 250R after a high-speed chase in Sydney’s inner-east at the weekend. On Saturday (3 May 2020), officers attached to Botany Bay Traffic and Highway Patrol saw the motorcycle on Joynton Avenue, Zetland, about 8.15am. Checks revealed the motorbike was not displaying the …

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Cops police speed speeding extended

Pandemic leads to speed epidemic

Traffic offences are understandably down as there are fewer vehicles on the road, but the lockdown is also creating lonely roads where motorists are hitting some ridiculous speeds. We have seen several reports of high-speed police pursuits around there world, but the highest speed was clocked by a Nebraska motorcyclist at 170mph (273km/h). The rider …

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Riders charged after two police pursuits

Two motorcyclists riding at speeds of more than 200km/h have been charged following two separate pursuits with NSW Police in Sydney’s south west. This is the type of stupid behaviour that brings all riders into disrepute. It may also delay an easing of pandemic travel restrictions as Queensland plans to do from next Saturday. Here is …

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Should COVID-19 fines link to income?

Should the COVID-19 related Penalty Infringement Notices (PINs) or on-the-spot fines be linked to your income as speeding fines are in some countries? After all, a motorcyclist on a $15,000 bike who goes for a leisure ride risks copping the same on-the-spot fine under the Health Act as a rich driver in an expensive supercar. The …

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High speed leads to dangerous charges

Riders who are fined for high-range speeding over 45km/h are often also charged with driving in a “manner dangerous”, says NSW traffic and criminal law specialist Chris Kalpage. Our contributing lawyer says the extra charge is often based on the speed which may not be “objectively dangerous”. Chris has previously addressed the issues of dangerous driving, …

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NSW motorcycle police pursuits

Pointless double demerit points for Easter

With riders grounded in most states by the travel restrictions it almost seems pointless that some states have double demerits applying over the Easter long weekend. The “pointless points” start this morning and will end at midnight on Monday 13 April 2020 in NSW, the ACT and Western Australia. In NSW, they’re calling it Operation Tortoise and point …

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