Pride is a dangerous emotion. Pride before fall and all that. I have fallen in the past in many areas but I like to explain it away as being caught and not a loss of pride. Make of that what you will.
I obtained my driving license in 1975 and between then and 1977 I received three parking fines. One a friend paid, because it was her fault and the other two, I took a chance and lost. Mea culpa. Honestly, I was only a couple of minutes, M'Lord. Well one was really well deserved when I parked for hours illegally in the city while we saw a movie. I was surprised police bothered booking people for parking offences, but apparently they can and do. I consoled myself with the fact that his handwriting on the ticket indicated he was ill educated. Umm, if you have seen my handwriting you may very well suggest that I am calling the black pot, vermilion.
With the same person in my car who generated my first parking fine, I was pulled over by police in Noble Park at 2am. I am not sure why I was in Noble Park at 2am. I am not sure why anyone would be in Noble Park at all, for any reason. They accused me of speeding. I replied no, I was overtaking a slow car but I did not travel faster than 35mph. They asked me where I was going. I said I am taking my friend home to Elwood and then returning to my home with my grandmother in South Oakleigh. While my friend in the car, a woman my senior by about nearly twenty years, smiled nicely at the officers. She could be very feisty, but she played the game well and smiled ever so sweetly at them. The cops told me to be on my way and to be careful. Some thirty years later, I am still careful, to not get caught.
Lest you think I am a paragon of virtue, at the age of 18 on a quiet and straight country road, I tested out how fast my Chrysler Valiant could go. I got to 96 mph (155 km/h) and then valve bounce set in. Foolish yes, but as a youthful activity in the country, not unusual.
After those parking fines, I decided I would not receive another one and I haven't, not have I been pulled over, apart for a random breath test, or received any traffic infringement notice.
R received notification from his volunteer place of a traffic infringement. He filled in the appropriate paperwork and for quite some time, has not heard back about it. He went through a red light .08 seconds after the light turned red. I was just following another car, was his plaintive wail. I've heard it before. I was just keeping up with the traffic etc etc.
While Victoria doesn't have radio shock jocks to level of New South Wales, radio 3AW's Neil Mitchell comes close. He was interviewing the police commissioner and started to bang on about government revenue raising from speed and red light cameras. He had been nabbed in Fitzroy Street, St Kilda by a speed camera at Lakeside Drive. There was no warning, he complained. The police commissioner pulled out a map and showed him some twenty such 40 limit signs in Fitzroy Street, including flashing LED signs.
R recounted to me, and after my response said I was a government revenue raising stooge, about a volunteer mate who was caught at the same location and his wife caught a week later. The volunteer mate said it just suddenly changed from 60 km/h to 40. I am very familiar with Fitzroy Street. A while ago I posted photos here of the camera flashing constantly at the very location. The forty limit was not suddenly changed. It was slowly introduced and with a very long grace period. R prefers to believe his volunteer mate than me, when I argue that it was not suddenly changed.
I get cross at all these whinges. If I can pretty well stick to the speed limit and not go through red lights, then it just ain't too hard. I am not a paragon of road virtue and it is just as well I don't own a gun or I would be taking out all the hopeless drivers on our roads.
The crux is what people should be arguing about is the appropriateness of the speed limit and in my opinion the speed limit at that location is wrong. While some of Fitzroy Street should be 40, the part where the speed camera is at Lakeside Drive has very little in the way of traffic conflict or pedestrians. The speed people travel at is a fairly good guide to set a speed limit and when so many breach a speed limit, then perhaps the limit really needs to be reviewed. For mine, 50 would be appropriate here.