Is it easy to spot the speed limit signs?
Replies: 17 - Last Post: Sep 17, 2012 5:25 AM Last Post By: habby
Sep 15, 2012 5:07 PM
Is it easy to spot the speed limit signs?OK, I confess, I'm a leadfoot here in the USA. In the areas I usually drive, I'm often over the limit but tickets aren't given out unless the speed is 10 mph over, and I stay less than that.
I know the speeding fines in Australia are high and there is usually no leeway. I fully intend to faithfully obey all laws for my upcoming trip and I don't have any deadlines that should necessitate driving fast (or a quick getaway). But I'm a bit concerned that my attention while driving will be focused on getting used to hanging out on the left hand side of the road and generally finding my way in unfamiliar territory, while avoiding the roos and other odd creatures.
So, my questions are: are there speed limit signs that are well-posted and easy to spot? Are there many speed traps -- i.e., is it common for the local authorities to attempt to raise their local revenue base by conveniently failing to post a warning about an upcoming change in speed limit? Should I hire a spotter? Are young, trim female spotters best? (Only kidding) To repeat, I don't have any desire to break the laws in Australia but only want to keep as much money in my pocket as possible. Any comments appreciated!!
Sep 15, 2012 5:42 PM
1There's no local revenue raising, all fines go to the state
, there are little towns on main highways were the speed limit may drop from 100 to 80 to 50 within a few hundred meters, that'll often be enforced viciously, but quite rightly, by the local cop, who will give you 13kmh leeway, but a camera will only give 3
But These towns will be well signposted , so spotter not reaaally needed but sounds like a good idea anyway
Sep 15, 2012 6:26 PM
2Speed limits are well signed, and unlike North America, everybody on the road seems to more or less follow the speed limit closely (ie. not some people 20kph under, others 20kph over...).
There are many, many cameras in some urban areas. Getting a cheap GPS with the locations programmed in can be beneficial if you're prone to speeding.
In my experience, the roads and drivers in Australia are on average far better than those in North America.
Sep 15, 2012 7:07 PM
Sep 15, 2012 7:19 PM
You may also have them in North America but on some roads in Australia there are "average speed cameras" as well. These measure your average speed over a distance. We also have air patrols at a few locations. There are also mobile speed vans that are located mainly in surburban streets usually parked at the side of the road or on the grass verge but they have signs on them which you can see from a reasonable distance, so fair warning is there. Motorway tunnels also have speed cameras. The golden rule in this country is to stay within the speed limits. Anyway, drive safely (as you intend to do) and have a good visit.
Sep 15, 2012 8:46 PM
5In answer to your question, yes there are speed limit signs and yes they are easy to spot.
My suggestion to you would be to familiarise yourself with our road rules before you arrive in this country. Each state has its own set of road rules which can be frustratingly dissimilar. Here are some websites with information you may need to know:
Sep 15, 2012 11:34 PM
If you intend to obey the rules ,then there you shoudn't have any problems.
I found the timescedule for 60/40 kmh around schools a bit confusing especially ,when I came in a new town after a few days in the outback and not sure about the exact timezone.
Your leadfoot will be cured by the gazprice in the outback........1.80 $ - 2.15 $ per liter.
Edited by: sushi2831
Sep 15, 2012 11:57 PM
7There are fixed speed cameras in many areas of NSW with large warning signs before them saying "Speed camera ahead". Despite this, the cameras raise large amounts of revenue from locals for the State government - don't ask me why. Either the locals can't read or they like donating their hard-earned money to the government. If you can read, you should be OK.
Sep 16, 2012 12:38 AM
Sep 16, 2012 12:44 AM
9In South Aust, the vehicles that are used to ping people do not have signs on them.
You only know one is ahead, if you get headlights flashed at you by oncoming cars who have seen the tell tale camera mounted on the unmarked cars.
The cars are mobile though, and can move.
Fixed cameras only occur at major traffic light road junctions, if you cross into the junction after the light has gone red, you get pinged (fined).
When you go looking for a rental car, see if you can find a toyota aurion or something, that you can set the speed limit to 60, above that, the aurion has an audible alarm. In South Aust, if you drive below 60 in most areas, kmh, you would be ok, but there are 50s too as well as 40s and schools at 25.
These are all kms not mph.
No toll roads in South Aust, which is a plus.
I do realise you do not mention if you are passing into South Aust or not.
Sep 16, 2012 12:49 AM
10And you only know you have gotten pinged: South Aust...
a.by a police officer stopping you (motorcycle or cop car).
b.by a please pay by a certain date letter to the rental agency, that you have to pay when you return the car.
c.by a please pay by a certain date, posted to an address you have provided if you are coming on a W&HV and have bought a car, and them having your details on file.
It can take up to a few days for the notice to arrive.
Sep 16, 2012 4:40 AM
Sep 16, 2012 7:15 AM
Sep 16, 2012 3:59 PM
13Thanks spotty_dalmation at #10 for clarifying that the mobile speed vans in South Australia are unmarked cars - no sign on them. I guess there is a variation in some State jurisdictions.
Sep 16, 2012 4:52 PM
14Just remember that in inner suburban Melbourne if driving down a road with trams in the middle you have to stop behind trams when they stop at tram stops, which are just a little signpost on the curb.
Also the posted speed limit in places (everywhere north of south aus and between Qld and WA) is up to 130kmh (about80mph) so its not that slow
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