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Cops withdraw Lidar speed gun fines

South Australia Police is temporarily suspending use of the Lidar speed gun and withdrawing 150 speeding fines after three court decisions found police can misuse the handheld guns. The three defendants charged with speeding detected by police on Lidar guns had their fines overturned. Now, SAPOL is temporarily withdrawing Lidar guns …

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Watch blind rider Ben Felten set speed record

You can watch Australian rider Ben Felten become the fastest blind man on two wheels when his record-setting run is broadcast on Channel Seven at 8pm on the Sunday Night program (5 August, 2018). Ben broke the previous Guinness World Record of 265.33km/h (164.87mph) for a blind rider by just 1.355km/h …

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Munro name returns to Bonneville Speed Week

Burt Munro’s great nephew, Lee Munro, is returning to Bonneville Speed Week on a modified Indian Scout in an attempt to crack 200mph (321.8km/h) next week. Lee’s attempts last year fell short, but the Kiwi still scored a new land speed record of 191.286mph, smashing the previous record of 176mph for …

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Call to challenge LIDAR speeding fines

Three defendants charged with speeding detected by police on LIDAR guns have had their fines overturned, prompting a call for riders to challenge any speeding fines they believe are incorrect. South Australian Ride to Review spokesman Tim Kelly says the SA Supreme Court judgements indicate that the handheld guns can …

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Are there too many changes in speed zones?

Despite a 2014 Austroads report finding there are too many speed zones and the frequency of zone changes is too high, chances of authorities making any changes as a result of the report are minimal, an Austroads official admits. The 116-page “Model National Guidelines for Setting Speed Limits at High-Rick …

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Motorcycle crash statistics flawed

Motorcycle crash statistics cited to reduce speed on the Oxley Highway are flawed, leaving riders wondering how many other  crash statistics are also flawed. NSW Roads Minister Melinda Pavey this week announced that speed on 44km of the highway’s mountain section would be reduced from 100km/h to 80km/h from December …

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Are hidden speed cameras a hoax?

You may have seen the above image on social media with concerns that it is a covert speed camera hidden in a guardrail. However, it’s a hoax dating back to 2013. The image is claimed to be in all sorts of places and a recent Facebook post claims it was …

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Road designer explains speed limits

A former road designer says “safety has nothing to do” with reducing the speed limits and police and governments can change them with no good reason. The government official cannot be named for job security reasons, but he gave us an example of a recent speed reduction. “The latest one …

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Speed limits come tumbling down

As riders anxiously await a speed review of the Oxley Highway, South Australian is slashing eight major highway speeds by 10km/h and VicPol wants speed limits reduced on unsealed roads. This is part of a growing trend of reducing speed limits around regional Australia. It’s a worrying trend as many …

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