Street racing

March 15th, 2011

Cameras v Police

How many really serious, dangerous, speeding drivers are caught on a fixed speed camera?

http://schoolzonesanta.com/index.php/2010/12/28/real_cops_real_results

Today there was another news report about street racing, caught by .....................you guessed it..... Real Police

Have a look at these links and who catches the real villans on our roads?

http://www.google.com.au/#hl=en&source=hp&biw=1020&bih=567&q=street+racing+p+plate+nsw+&btnG=Google+Search&aq=f&aqi=&aql=&oq=street+racing+p+plate+nsw+&fp=50ba21d2af6da5bb

In the USA there is angst re the use of speed cameras.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UunKOtJXurU&feature=relmfu

Macquarie bank buys speed camera company Redflex

March 15th, 2011

The Hon. ERIC ROOZENDAAL: "I would be happy if speed cameras did not raise a cent;"

http://www.parliament.nsw.gov.au/Prod/parlment/hansart.nsf/V3Key/LC20070510017

Ex Roads Minister David Campbell,

"announced the

reintroduction of mobile speed cameras in March, as part of a $170 million road safety campaign. NSW budget papers for the 2010/2011 financial year estimated driving fines would rise by up to $137 million."

So the revenue raised by speed cameras was expected to rise by $137 million, but what happened

An article similar to this one, was in the Sunday Telegraph

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/drivers-wise-to-mobile-cameras/story-fn6bm6am-1226005039885


More police not more cameras

UPDATE;

I WAS WRONG MACQUARIE, CAN SEE A PROFIT IN SPEED CAMERAS

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/macbank-buys-up-speed-cameras-at-300m-through-buying-redflex/comments-e6freuy9-1226009566786

Circumstances have changed

March 15th, 2011

Yes, I vowed no carbon tax: said Prime Minister Ms.Gillard

Prime Minister Julia Gillard has admitted she promised there would be no carbon tax during the election and now (after the election) says

"circumstances had changed."

http://today.ninemsn.com.au/article.aspx?id=8217021

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I remember I mentioned this excuse for breaking promises, and this I wrote during the 2007 state election ("see 2007 NSW State Election" category

"Promises are coming thick and fast and the election is months away.
I just hope that the "I'll put flashing lights at schools when we win the election" is a core promise and doesn't come into "the circumstances have changed " bracket, with the disclaimer, that "school zones are all Labor's fault anyway".

I hope that excuse isn't trotted out in NSW after March

http://schoolzonesanta.com/index.php/2005/04/16/a_core_promise_1

Sponsorship for school zone signs.

March 1st, 2011

For years I have thought that one way to speed up the roll out of flashing lights at schools, would be to allow advertising on the school zone signs to pay for them.

No not a price list of this week's specials at a local liquor store, but something like the following examples

The RTA may have resistance to allowing an advertising tag on the school zone sign, saying they would distract drivers, but there are now huge advertising billboards on RTA overhead pedestrian bridges in school zones
as the billboard over the Princes Highway at Gymea.

I think they would be more distracting that a little sponser company tag.

The RTA/Gov is slowly (no doubt because of cost) installing flashing lights this sponsorship initiative would help get more out there more quickly.

Drivers then know WHEN it's school zone time.

Drivers would feel good about the company that helped put the lights there for the drivers, and for the school kids.

A win win situation.

NSW will get a new government later this month that will be open for ways to save money, and sponsorship for this worthwhile cause would have to be viewed in a positive light.

We are talking about the safety of our most valuable resource, our children

I have emailed a couple of major companies to get feedback on this idea...

Now you see it now you don't.

February 14th, 2011

Driving through Lurgano/Peakhurst I see that the Peter Olsen's flashing lights that have been working and warning drivers of school zone time for the last four years at the four schools have been replaced with RTA "preferred" solar powered units.

Because Peter's units needed to be reprogrammed after the 2010 school year the RTA solution

was to replace Peter's very effective flashing lights (above)
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with one of these ?

Could these replacement units have been better utilised a school without any flashing lights?

As Alan Jones once said

"It's easy spending someone else's money."

Mis speak, spin, or just plain lies.

February 5th, 2011

One of the problems at school zones is that there is no indication of what speed is legal there outside of school zone times.

Clearly this variable speed camera sign at the Beverly Hills school zone does not tell what the variable speed is outside school zone time.

In an interview by 2GB's Alan Jones, Micheal Daly (an ex roads minister) tries to say otherwise.(interview is on link in a Peter Olsen's schoozonelights .com.au press release)

http://www.schoolzonelights.com.au/media2009-02-27a.pdf
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As I've said before, there is an alternative to NO signs to advise drivers on what speed it is in "off duty" school zones. Very simple.

How about a sign like this when you are in a long school zone, (or any school zone)in Beverly Hills as you turn right into King Georges rd from Stoney Creek rd, because the lack of any sign there has been the cause of so may court cases.
I've been to Sutherland Court and seen it, A driver tries to explain that he didn't know what the speed was, and the RTA man says to the Judge that any driver not knowing what the speed is, should then drive at the "default speed". Default speed ??????????????
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The 60 is of course replaced by the 50, 60, 70 or what ever the other variable speed is outside of school zone hours

"Oh no another different sign, no way, it would confuse drivers." could be the argument for a NO from the RTA.

Would one extra sign really be that difficult?

Drivers are meant to know a few different rules now, have a look down the left hand column of the link below and I think a new sign like the example above isn't too confusing.

http://www.legislation.nsw.gov.au/viewtop/inforce/subordleg+179+2008+fn+0+n

I think the average driver would work it out

School zone confusion

January 28th, 2011

Talkback radio ran hot with listeners stating their confusion about when why where it should be school zone time.

2GB's Ben Fordham found out that the RTA advertised twice on 2GB today, the official gazetted start of school zone time this school term.

Ben Fordham the new face of 2GB

The two 10 second ads at 8.00am and 3.00 pm, would not be a huge advertising cost when compared to the $6,158,511 in fines collected from one school zone cameras in 1 year at Moore Park Sydney

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/sunday-telegraph/cameras-focus-on-money-not-deaths/story-e6frewt0-1225969493782

Flashing lights at school zones are the answer and as the opposition minister for roads Andrew Stoner has been so vocal on the RTA's slow roll out of lights, I'm sure it won't be long that all schools will have them after the March election.

http://www.andrewstoner.com.au/news/latest-news/labor-fails-on-road-safety-as-motorists-flout-school-zone-speed-limits.html

Minister David Borger thank you

January 17th, 2011

I sent the roads Minister an email

----- Original Message -----
From: stephens1510
To: minister@borger.minister.nsw.gov.au
Sent: Sunday, January 16, 2011 7:18 PM
Subject: Thank you Mr Borger

Dear Minister Borger,.
Thank you for your letter of Dec 2010.
I did see the new flashing lights at the Beverly Hills school zone the day before your letter arrived.
A great Xmas present for drivers at that spot and of course the children, because most drivers if they are aware that it's school zone time, will be even more careful and drive at the correct speed..
Obviously you could see merit in my suggestion for the extra flashing light unit Beverly Hills, whereas the two previous road ministers didn't as the "Beverly Hills" category on my website www.schoolzonesanta.com
shows. Could I impose on you to look at anothe matter that has bothered me. South st Kogarah at the school zone that started me on school zones. Drivers that enter the school zone from South st onto Princes Highway, if they turn right, while watching what lane they're in and avoiding the centre fence and kerbing, can easily not notice the school zone sign (facing away from them) accelerate and unwittingly get snapped by the speed camera there. A school zone sign facing South st (as was done at the Phillip st and King Georges rd Blakehurst school zone) would easily seen by drivers waiting at the lights for a green.
A lot of drivers coming out of South st would have been visiting patients or seeing doctors themselves and school zone time may be far from their thoughts at that time.

Thank you for your time
Regards
Hans Stephens.

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I'll give 2GB's Ray Hadly a call,and pass on the news about Beverly hills as he's into flashing lights at school zones

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UPDATE Thurs 20

I rang 2GB this morning and spoke to Ray about the new flashing lights at Beverly Hills and complimented Mr Borger, giving credit where credits due.
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I happened apon this site giving peoples views on school zones

http://blogs.drive.com.au/2007/12/are_school_zone_speed_cameras_1.html

South st reminder needed

January 14th, 2011

One of the problems with school zones with flashing lights is that not all entry points to the school zones are covered by the lights.

I pointed that out in 2007 at the Princes Highway kogarah school zone.
http://schoolzonesanta.com/index.php/2007/01/29/a_clayton_s_flashing_light_school_zone

South st at Kogarah was and is a concern, how many drivers who turn right onto the Princes Highway forget that it's a school zone while waiting for a green light, maybe distracted after visiting a friend in hostpial, or after seeing a doctor themselves

As drivers turn right watching out for the center fence and entering lanes the sign on the side is angled away from them and is easily missed. (but the speed camera doesn't miss.)

A simple cheap reminder would be to have a sign facing them from across the road, as the drivers have at Phillip st Blakehurst.(below)



I'll email the Road Minister thanking him for the help with Beverly Hills and mention a sign for South st.

Safer for the children, and fairer for the motorist.

Real cops, real results

December 28th, 2010
Street racer with baby on back seat

http://news.ninemsn.com.au/national/8188511/p-plate-stret-racer-had-baby-on-back-seat

After reading that story in the paper I sent this email into The Daily Telegraph

MORE POLICE, LESS CAMERAS.

The wheels of the RTA grind slowly

December 19th, 2010

Sorry but where photos were, are now marked with the x
Don't know why.

At long last after three and a half years, 4 emails to then Roads Minister Roozendaal, one to the next Roads Minister Micheal Daly and a copy of the same which I handed to him personally, and then an email about the same subject to the next Roads Minister the Minister David Borger there are now flashing lights on the King Georges rd Beverly Hills school zone sign, going South.

This is the school zone sign I've said is needed to be larger and to have flashing lights, to help remind or inform drivers that even though this is nowhere near a school, it is a school zone.

More of the saga at Beverly hills, (where I spent a fortnight highlighting the problems at this school zone), and the emails I sent to road ministers and newspapers

I helped the children by slowing down traffic.

http://schoolzonesanta.com/index.php?cat=66

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I sent the Roads Minister David Borger this email about my concerns re Beverly Hills earlier this year

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Original Message -----
From: stephens1510
To: minister@borger.minister.nsw.gov.au
Sent: Tuesday, July 27, 2010 4:10 PM
Subject: 2GB interview with Jason Morrison

Dear Minister,
Congratulations on your interview with Jason Morrison recently, many a politician wouldn't have accepted the interview but you not only fronted in person, but you took live calls from listeners, and as when you were on air when housing minister you did well.
Mobile speed cameras are not something the public is entirely happy with, but it will slow down traffic.
Sadly it will catch many good average drivers unaware they have drifted a few k/mph over the limit so you can expect a bit of flak when the warnings sent out now, are real infringement notices.
I've had a few tickets in the 10 years I drove taxis, and never was it for something I hadn't done.
Could you have a look at how you could, in the interest of road safety spend a bit of the money raised from the camera vans on a concern of mine.
I emailed Mr Roozendl 4 times about this, handed the then roads Minister Daly a copy of an unanswered email I sent them and he said after reading it "I can't do anything about that" (or words very similar ) which I thought was a strange statement for the boss of roads.
My website www.schoolzonesanta.com explains more easily my request, which is an extra set of flashing lights Southbound at the Beverly Hills school zone on King Geoges rd.

I stood at the Southbound camera the Thurs (am ) school zone time before Easter, and the Friday before the Queens Birthday weekend and I could tell by the faces of drivers that were flashed by that camera as they passed, they had no idea that they'd just lost eight points.
Thank you for your time

Regards Hans stephens
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Today (DEC 20) in the mail came a letter from the Parlimentary Secretary for Roads

The cropped letter reads


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and the scene now at Beverly Hills:

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So now the drivers if they stop at a red light at Morgan st (back a bit out of photo) they will see the light flashing away to remind them they're in the school zone when they start off again..

THANK YOU MINISTER BORGER

Safety first at safety camera

December 14th, 2010

Safe work practices were clearly on display on Tuesday afternoon as two workers put the finishing touches to the new speed/red light "safety camera" being installed on the Kingsway at Caringbah
.The men were resplendent in high visibility work clothes, they even thoughtfully wore hats to ward off the sun's harmful rays, and before climbing their respective ladders (guarded by a suitable number of large witches hats), the men also donned very strong, professional looking safety harnesses.
The only flaw I could see in this whole idyllic OH&S picture, was that in the 20 minutes I was there eating a late lunch of curry pie and apple turnover (with cream), was that one, obviously the more sure footed of the two, didn't once hook his harness on to anything while working up his pole.
Looked good though....from a distance

It's all about road safety,....... not revenue.

December 12th, 2010

The Cleveland st variable school zone speed camera

"IT RIPS $6 million a year in speeding fines out of motor- ists, making it the NSW Government's No.1 weapon in enforcing its mantra: speed cameras save lives."

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/sunday-telegraph/cameras-focus-on-money-not-deaths/story-e6frewt0-1225969493782
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But wait there's more.

Advanced Safety and driver Support for Essential road Transport (ASSET)

"Apart from detecting speeding, the system is packed with gizmos that will check number plates to make sure insurance and tax are up to date. It also measures the distance between vehicles to spot tailgating and takes pictures of the inside of the car to make sure you are wearing a seat belt."

Read more about the (near) future in http://www.dailybunker.com/?p=2739

Demerits waived to appease angry drivers

December 2nd, 2010

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/demerits-waived-to-appease-angry-drivers/story-fn6bm90q-1225964151067

This will help the driver that goes to court to point out that a school zone sign was missing or tell the judge he or she didn't go through a red light and the policeman was mistaken.

But the RTA will "vigorously defend" the accuracy of all their now in operation speed cameras and the 40 new mobile ones next July and the inevitable point to point cameras that will follow.

More police in unmarked cars is the answer not more cameras.

How much will the NBN cost?

November 28th, 2010

The true cost of Australia's National Broadband Network is only a guess, as everything organised by any Government always cost more than origionaly stated.

The figure at the moment is anywhere between 37 billion and 55 billion dollars.

$37,000,000,000. how much is that?

One example:

The distance around the world at the equator, is 40,075.02 kilometres

Let's say the lowest quoted figure for the NBN, is a very optimistic figure of $40,billion, well that is so much money, that Wayne Swan as he could drive around the world at the equator in a very big amphibious truck, he could have Senator Conroy shovel out one million dollars as he went every kilometre, right around the planet.

That's $1,000,000 of borrowed money for every kilometre around the WHOLE world, and for something that's ( with the alternative technology availiable) is not really needed.

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----- Original Message -----
From: stephens1510
To: yoursay@dailytelegraph.com.au
Sent: Sunday, November 28, 2010 8:48 PM
Subject: Cost of the NBN

Dear sir
The cost of the National broadband network is put at anything from $37 to $55 billion (and higher). How much borrowed money is that in layman's terms you might ask.
Well if the cost of the NBN rollout was an optimistically low figure of $40 billion, then this is so much money, that if Treasurer Wayne Swan drove around the world at the equator, (the distance which is 40,075.2 kilometres), in a very large amphibious truck, he could have Senator Conroy shovel out one million dollars every kilometre they went, right around the planet. Are there not more pressing ways to spend that sort of money, such as health, power, water etc. rather than a faster way to google recipes? Who voted for these people?
regards
Hans Stephens

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NBN benefits grossly overstated: study

"An international study has found the claimed benefits of a national broadband network have been "grossly overstated", and accuses the federal government of misusing research to build the case for it."

http://news.ninemsn.com.au/national/8171763/nbn-benefits-grossly-overstated-study

Demerit points changes

November 23rd, 2010

The NSW Government because of anti mobile speed camera anger has tried to soften the angst.

Demerit points changes 'a vote-winning exercise'

http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2010/11/23/3073818.htm?site=sydney

I sent this in to comment on the Telegraph article

To: yoursay@dailytelegraph.com.au
Sent: Tuesday, November 23, 2010 7:40 AM
Subject: demerits

Dear sir,
As anger continues to grow over the 6 mobile speed cameras vans, Premier Keneally announced "the biggest overhaul in the demerit system since they were introduced".("more demerit points" DT Nov 23 If she's worried about the political backlash from driver voters generated from only 6 mobile cameras, imagine the uproar that Barry O'farrell will cop when the extra 40 speed cameras are out on the road next July, apparently to be operated by a compassionate banking corporation.
Speed cameras will always be regarded by the average driver as cash registers for the government, and will only catch the unwary, mostly going over the limit by a few kilometres.
Real police catch the real road rule transgressors, like the fool allegedly tail gating an unmarked police car recently, not stopping, speeding off, and finally calmed down with capsicum spray before being arrested.. We need more real police in unmarked cars, not more speed cameras in vans or on posts.

Regards
Hans Stephens
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The paper printed this edited version of my email leaving out the important "only 6 cameras", and the alleged fool tail-gating an unmarked police car, at the end of the letter.

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NBN benefits grossly overstated:

http://news.ninemsn.com.au/national/8171763/nbn-benefits-grossly-overstated-study

Thank you St George and Sutherland Shire Leader

November 23rd, 2010

Today's Leader printed my original letter ( with photo ) in the most prominate spot in the letter's pages

Hopfully the readers of the front page story last week will think differently of me and not fire bomb our house as Mrs Santa feared might happen.

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Safety campaigner or Whinger?

November 18th, 2010

Today's St George and Sutherland Shire Leader had a front page article:

TRUCKERS IGNORE FINE

http://www.theleader.com.au/news/local/news/general/kirrawee-truckers-ignore-fines/2001435.aspx

As you can see the article is expanded from the letter I sent into the Leader some weeks back that didn't appear on the letter's page as I thought it would.

The article doesn't use much of my email and readers could be misled as to my intent by writing it.

----- Original Message -----
From: stephens1510
To: leaderletters@fairfaxmedia.com.au
Sent: Thursday, October 21, 2010 10:29 PM
Subject: Parking discretion

Dear sir,
there have been many letters to the Leader concerning parking infringements, whether it's being fined for parking the wrong way in some quiet cul de sac, being hit with a $405 fine after inadvertantly parking in a disabled spot at Miranda fair, or being singled out for attention on the (at the time sparsely used) top level of the Council carpark at Cronulla, and recentily the young plumber at nabbed Jannali.
There of course have to be laws to avoid parking chaos, and the Sutherland council in 2008/2009 financial year issued 29,282 parking fines worth $3,633,247, thereby avoiding much chaos and generating a bit of revenue for Council coffers at the same time.
After reading those figures, there would be those that think that the Council rangers don't have a heart or show discretion, but they need only to drive down Waratah st Kirrawee between Bath and Oak rd where ranger compassion is clearly on display.
At any time there are truck trailers parked across as many as nine parking bays (each) for weeks at a time.
I find it rather galling for Council rangers to drive past this flagrant flouting of regulations to trawl the back streets of the Shire for any hint of law breaking, and I suggest Council either make this part of Waratah street a legal parking lot for surplus truck trailers (as there are ample spaces for cars along the street), or enforce the law.

Regards
Hans Stephens
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I did point out that there is plenty of parking for cars in the area and the trailers aren't really in the way.

But every morning the council regulation enforcement personal in their little vans drive up from the Council depot in The Boulevarde and with a "hi ho it's off to work we go" trundle past those trailers and head off for easier pickings

The Council could paint out the lines and change the signs in that area of Waratah street and then the playing field is even for truck trailer owners, and the rest of us.

The excuse used they can't book the trailers because there is nowhere to put the ticket, that's a good one, a bit like the dog ate my homework line.

Take a photo of the number plate and send it to the owner.

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I have sent this email into the Leader to try and clear things up a bit

----- Original Message -----
From: stephens1510
To: leaderletters@fairfaxmedia.com.au
Sent: Thursday, November 18, 2010 8:52 PM
Subject: To the editor

Hi,
Today the Sutherland edition of the Leader did a story about the truck parking in Waratah St Kirrawee. The reporter did ring me about it after she saw my "Letter to the editor."
Sadly the article didn't convey the point of my letter and judging by an email from a Leader reader and who I've I have just replied to, I'm considered to be a bit of a nark.
It appeares truckies are desperate for parking in Kirrawee.
I (and my wife who now thinks our house will be fire bombed by an angry truck driver or owner) would like my original email printed in the Leader to better explain my original intent.
Thank you for you time,

Regards
Hans Stephens
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John Robertson MP ...Premier to be

November 11th, 2010

"THE WEST IS BEST TO LIVE YOUR DREAMS"

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/nsw-act/the-west-is-best-to-live-your-dream/story-e6freuzi-1225951398340

The above Telegraph article caught my eye and I couldn't help myself...


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For "space reasons" my letter was trimmed a bit, and this was left out

"I will be waiting to see how many houses in the area could be bought with the taxayers funds used to provide suitable digs for the Honourable Mr Robertson, if the "safe seat" margin is enough."
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It's all about waste.

I have sent the Opposition leader an email about this

----- Original Message -----
From: stephens1510
To: LOP
Sent: Tuesday, November 09, 2010 8:24 AM
Subject: Office renovations

Dear Mr O'farrell,
Next March it appears quite certain that you will lead a new government in NSW, a state with massive problems, one on it's knees as far as inferstucture etc is concerned which only a vast amount of money can fix, funds from taxes and charges and from borrowing
An awful lot of this wasted, for just one example google " railcorp icac"
http://www.icac.nsw.gov.au/investigations/past-investigations/investigationdetail/44

or for waste on display, see

http://schoolzonesanta.com/index.php/2008/11/25/title_51

and for more more examples of where tax payers money is wasted see "Smilar items" (right hand column ) of next link

http://catalogue.nla.gov.au/Record/3964428

How much of the RTA's budget is spent on administration?
My concern is that when the changeover begins next March "preferred contractors" will be out in force to tart up government offices for outlandish sums ( because the new tenants deserve it ) with designer furniture and $3.000 chairs as in the Miss Gillard's war room in Canberra.
To show the NSW people that your government is really there for NSW and it's people, how about an announcement that you plan to rein in the waste, starting with a monotorium on office renovations.
Respect is earned, and plans like this,

http://news.smh.com.au/breaking-news-national/rees-bows-to-pressure-cans-plush-office-20090223-8eum.html

doesn't win respect with the electorate.
regards
Hans Stephens.

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Paul Gibson MP

November 11th, 2010


Someone else thinks mobile speed cameras are a political liability,
(and a vote winner), Blacktown MP Paul Gibson is not standing up for election next march and he

"believes he has the answers to Labor's woes: cap electricity prices, get rid of mobile speed cameras and give everyone free public transport.
Then the State Government might just have a show at the March poll, he said."

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/paul-gibson-goes-out-swinging-punches/story-e6freuy9-1225951442043

The State of NSW 2010

November 6th, 2010

Of course the State needs money and fining drivers does make money, but how much is wasted?
google "icac railcorp" and see where a lot goes.
How much of the RTA's budget is spent on administration?
For example after the new State Governement is sworn in next March, how much will be spent to tart up (the ministers and members electoral offices using "preferred" contractors.

The waste has to stop! It's up to you Mr O'farrell

If you dis agree or agree with me press the comment button and tell me.
It'll be confidential,and I won't print it, or pester you for money.


Don't be shy.

The motorist Party?

November 6th, 2010

In the NSW upper house there are two seats occupied by The Shooters party.
How many many votes of the shooters of firearms were needed out in voter land to allow these two gentlemen to now influence the running of NSW.


The Hon. Robert Leslie BROWN, MLC

http://www.parliament.nsw.gov.au/prod/parlment/members.nsf/5d65e8c599c38ed4ca256e7c001cd832/696529715e2c4649ca25716300141912?OpenDocument


The Hon. Robert BORSAK, MLC

http://www.parliament.nsw.gov.au/prod/parlment/members.nsf/5d65e8c599c38ed4ca256e7c001cd832/a9d8fdbce5a53575ca2577980016b2d0?OpenDocument

THERE ARE A LOT MORE PEOPLE THAT DRIVE CARS, THAN USE FIREARMS

When the RTA rolls out another 40 mobile speed camera vehicles next July, judging by the angst caused by ONLY 6 now, I'm sure that by the NSW 2015 election there would be more drivers prepared to make a little protest vote for any new party with "MOTORIST" in it's title, than people wanting to shoot at something.

DRIVERS ARE AN UNTAPPED VOTING FORCE.
By 2015 there will be a lot more good average drivers out there very cranky about being screwed (in the interest of road safety" and the "WE DON'T CARE IF WE DON'T FINE ANYONE" when in this years budget they have forecast an extra $137 million in revenue from the new mobile speed cameras"

http://www.themotorreport.com.au/50423/nsw-mobile-speed-cameras-to-double-fine-revenue-by-2012-to-570-million

$570 million in fines by 2012 ....There must be a few protest votes in that no matter who is in power then.

A policeman pulls you over and you know you're speeding, or you didn't indicate fair enough, to get snapped a few kl/mh over at 2.30am by a mobile speed camera and get a letter in the mail 3 weeks later......as I said there has to be a protest vote or two in $570 million worth of tickets.

and that's only at chosen so called "blackspots". Wait till they let them set up anywhere, as the signs already say

"speed cameras anywhere anytime"

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NO I'm not in favour of speeding,

I started this website not because I was bitter about being booked for speeding in a school zone, (I have never been booked in a school zone) but because even though 49,500 people were fined $6.5 million in one year at the Kogarah school zone nothing was done except to bank the cash, and then belatedly then flashing lights at either end of the school on Princes Highway forgetting about the major roads leading into the zone

All the way through this site, as in an earlier letter (below) I have said more Police not cameras.


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Do unmarked police work?

http://www.gastongazette.com/articles/police-50408-car-unmarked.html
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The Tea Party in the USA was started at grass roots level by ordinary people disenchanted by Government and in the elections just held over there, tea party support helped hugely in the landslide win against an out of touch leadership.

THE TEA PARTY

http://www.google.com.au/#q=the+tea+party&hl=en&biw=1020&bih=596&prmd=nvil&source=univ&tbs=nws:1&tbo=u&ei=AHDUTIz9E4-KuAPTr-GMBQ&sa=X&oi=news_group&ct=title&resnum=1&ved=0CC4QqAIwAA&fp=7f1c1fba6d04ee9a

"BAD GOVERNMENT THRIVES ON APPATHY"

COULD A TEA PARTY BE STARTED HERE?

WOULD ANY OF THE DRIVERS "SPEEDING" IN CLEVELAND ST MOORE PARK AND WHO HELPED PAY FINES WORTH $17 MILLION IN 3 YEARS AT THIS ONE SPEED CAMERA SITE AND WHO MAYBE LOST THEIR LICENSE AND JOB IN THE PROCESS, BE A POTENTIAL PROTEST VOTE FOR A "FED-UP MOTORIST PARTY."

http://www.news.com.au/two-speed-cameras-net-7-million-a-year-for-nsw-government/story-0-1225756094341

HOW MANY PEOPLE GO TO VOTE BECAUSE IT'S COMPULSORY, AND INSTEAD OF WRITING "MICKEY MOUSE" ON THE BALLOT PAPER, WOULD EVEN AS A LARK, TICK IN THE MOTORIST PARTY SQUARE INSTEAD, especialy if they've been stung by a speed camera (in their view unfairly)

THE TEA PARTY MOVEMENT ISN'T SUPPORTED BY THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA IN THE USA, ................BUT NOW THERE IS THE INTERNET.

Speed Camera War.

November 5th, 2010

The Gosford City Council has taken a stand at mobil speed cameras

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/nsw-act/kicked-off-our-streets-speed-camera-war-erupts/story-e6freuzi-1225947500093

I Emailed the Telegraph
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Cameras now in "black spots" will change later to "potential black spots" and then where ever they can catch the most drivers.

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Another article about mobile speed cameras

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/executive-lifestyle/click-go-the-cameras-boys-click-click-click/story-e6frg9zx-1225899038245

Dear NRMA

October 28th, 2010

ON OCT 25 I emailed the NRMA concerning the Cleveland st Speed cameras through their website:
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Good morning,
I'm writing about the two variable speed cameras on Cleveland st. Moore Park. It was reported that "the NRMA, called for the Government to examine traffic conditions on the road or face cynical motorists tired of revenue raising."
By the number of motorists caught at this site, it appears that something isn't quite right there. Can you tell me how many of the speeding infringements were outside the "school zone" hours? We don't won't anyone speeding at any time, but how many good average drivers are caught-out there unaware of what could be an unrealisticily low speed limit for this section of road?
Regards
Hans Stephens
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UPDATE

1st Nov

The NRMA has replied today and has sought information from the RTA
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Speed Cameras

October 21st, 2010

This story was in the Telegraph

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/our-82m-speed-traps-revealed/comments-e6freuy9-1225939875110

"Dave of Sydney" commented on the Cleveland st cameras and said exactly what I was thinking, how many drivers get caught-out after hours? Should school zone cameras only be for school zone time?

Dave of Sydney Posted at 8:23 AM October 18, 2010
The Cleveland street cameras are outrageous. There are signs everywhere showing the school time speed limit of 40 but not a one showing that the outside school time speed limit is 50 rather than 60. It is the kind of road that would normally attract a 60 limit - 2 lanes in each direction through a non residential area. I would wager that over 90% of the cleveland st infringements would occur outside the school hours.
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NO 8 in the list of highest money earners above is Beverly Hills SOUTHBOUND, the spot that needs an extra flashing light.

King Georges rd Southbound has a hidden camera as can be seen in the link below

http://schoolzonesanta.com/index.php/2007/09/24/i_m_a_pensioner

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From the Telegraph article:

"As for the state's busiest speed camera, the Cleveland St terror looks set to top the NSW shame list for the third year straight, making just shy of $1 million in two months and nearly $18 million over three years. Every day, the average NSW speed camera captures just three motorists while the Cleveland St camera nabs an amazing 111.

Peak motoring body, the NRMA, called for the Government to examine traffic conditions on the road or face cynical motorists tired of revenue raising. The two cameras, facing in opposite directions on one pole, cover a 50km/h five-lane stretch, stinging up to 2000 motorists each month.

In its three years, it has shot 162,266 motorists, making the Government $17.7 million.

"Peak motoring body, the NRMA, called for the Government to examine traffic conditions....."

The NRMA "CALLED" for the Government...........

Has the NRMA done a survey or a Freedom of information request to find out the number of cars caught after school zone time, not realising the limit there and doing a realistic speed of 60 kl/ph at 2.0am on a deserted 4 lane rd?



(Picture from Street Corner)

http://www.streetcorner.com.au/news/showPost.cfm?bid=11440&mycomm=WC

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There is an alternative to NO signs to advise drivers on what speed it is in "off duty" school zones. Very simple.

How about a sign like this when you are in a long school zone, (or any school zone)in Beverly Hills as you turn right into King Georges rd from Stoney Creek rd, because the lack of any sign there has been the cause of so may court cases.
I've to Sutherland Court and seen it, A driver tries to explain that he didn't know what the speed was, and the RTA man says to the Judge that any driver not knowing what the speed is, should then drive at the "default speed". Default speed ??????????????
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The 60 is of course replaced by the 50 70 or what ever the other variable speed is outside of school zone hours

"Oh no another different sign, no way, it would confuse drivers." could be the argument for a NO from the RTA.

Would one extra sign really be that difficult?

Drivers are meant to know a few different rules now, have a look down the left hand column of the link below and I think a new sign like the example above isn't too confusing.

I think the average driver would work it out

http://www.legislation.nsw.gov.au/viewtop/inforce/subordleg+179+2008+fn+0+n

That was the last speed limit sign before drivers turned into King Georges rd Beverly Hills coming out of Stoney Creek rd.

After I put the photo of this damaged sign on the site it was replaced by a new similar sized one.

So if you missed that sign and you thought that King Georges rd was 70 (as it mostly) is the speed camera will tell you your mistake soon enough.

Speed Cameras

September 14th, 2010

Here's a web site with worldwide information about speed cameras

http://www.policespeedcameras.info/Speed_Camera_News_Canada/canada_news.html

The hoon laws in Canada are impressive. (2nd story)

RTA admits speed camera at fault

August 4th, 2010

Nearly 400 Sydney drivers will have fines returned and demerit points wiped out after the Roads and Traffic Authority admitted a faulty camera was randomly snapping cars.

The fixed digital school zone camera on the Kingsway at Miranda took photos of cars outside school zone times, and as a result incorrectly fined drivers for speeding, The Daily Telegraph says.

"Last week the RTA detected a timing error at the school zone speed camera on the Kingsway at Miranda, affecting speeding offences from May 23 to June 11 inclusive," the RTA said on Friday.
RTA admits speed camera at fault June 19, 2010

Nearly 400 Sydney drivers will have fines returned and demerit points wiped out after the Roads and Traffic Authority admitted a faulty camera was randomly snapping cars.

The fixed digital school zone camera on the Kingsway at Miranda took photos of cars outside school zone times, and as a result incorrectly fined drivers for speeding, The Daily Telegraph says.

"Last week the RTA detected a timing error at the school zone speed camera on the Kingsway at Miranda, affecting speeding offences from May 23 to June 11 inclusive," the RTA said on Friday.

"The timer on the school zone speed camera was out of sync due to a software error, which meant some motorists were being incorrectly detected for speeding."

There were almost 400 penalty notices, worth about $49,000, issued to motorists during the period the camera was faulty.

"The RTA has asked the State Debt Recovery Office to withdraw the 380 penalties issued to motorists at this location during the time of the error," the spokeswoman said.

The RTA said it was the first time such an error had taken place, but the technology downfall was similar to a faulty sensor on a camera that recorded incorrect speeds earlier this year.
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It was after distressed booked drivers rang Ray Hadley on 2GB for help the the RTA detected the fault

One extra flashing Light set

August 1st, 2010
I emailed Road Ministers Roozendaal, Dally and now Borger to get an extra set of flashing lights at Beverly Hills without sucess, and they have collected $111 million in fines at school zones since I first asked.

In todays Sunday Telegraph

MORE than 900 drivers were booked for double parking, speeding or talking on their mobile phone each day in school zones last year under beefed-up road laws - but the NSW Government has broken its promise to spend every cent on road safety.

Exclusive data obtained by The Sunday Telegraph from the Office of State Revenue shows penalties issued in school zones rocketed from $26.6 million in 2007 to $34.1 million last year following the introduction of heavier fines and demerit points for school zone related speeding and parking offences.

In 2006, when then-NSW roads minister Eric Roozendaal announced the roll-out of 50 new school zone speed cameras, he vowed that "all revenue from them will be put straight back into road safety".

Four years and more than $111 million in school zone fines later, Mr Roozendaal, now Treasurer, has broken his promise.

The NRMA and Auditor-General slammed the RTA for refusing to disclose where school zone speed camera revenue is spent.

Full story:

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/broken-promise-on-school-zones/comments-e6freuy9-1225899460804

Dear Minister Borger

July 24th, 2010


The Hon. David Borger BEc MP

----- Original Message -----
From: stephens1510
To: minister@borger.minister.nsw.gov.au
Sent: Tuesday, July 27, 2010 3:10 PM
Subject: 2GB interview with Jason Morrison

Dear Minister,
Congratulations on your interview with Jason Morrison recently, many a politician wouldn't have accepted the interview but you not only fronted in person, but you took live calls from listeners, and as when you were on air when housing minister you did well.
Mobile speed cameras are not something the public is entirely happy with, but it will slow down traffic.
Sadly it will catch many good average drivers unaware they have drifted a few k/mph over the limit so you can expect a bit of flak when the warnings sent out now, are real infringement notices.
I've had a few tickets in the 10 years I drove taxis, and never was it for something I hadn't done.
Could you have a look at how you could, in the interest of road safety spend a bit of the money raised from the camera vans on a concern of mine.
I emailed Mr Roozendl 4 times about this, handed the then roads Minister Daly a copy of an unanswered email I sent them and he said after reading it "I can't do anything about that" (or words very similar ) which I thought was a strange statement for the boss of roads.
My website www.schoolzonesanta.com explains more easily my request, which is an extra set of flashing lights Southbound at the Beverly Hills school zone on King Geoges rd.

I stood at the Southbound camera the Thurs (am ) school zone time before Easter, and the Friday before the Queens Birthday weekend and I could tell by the faces of drivers that were flashed by that camera as they passed, they had no idea that they'd just lost eight points.
Thank you for your time

Regards Hans stephens

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The solution (I think) for better road safety at the Beverly Hills school zone is an extra flashing light going South and I've tried to convince previous road Ministers of this.
The reason I emailed Mr Roozendaal 4 times (four times was because I can be quite persistant as shown in my category "State Election 2007" or "RailCorp waste")
I personally handed Road Minister Mr Dally a copy of an email I had sent him, and have emailed the new Roads Minister Mr Borger saying it would be in the interest of childrens's safety and a help to drivers to add flashing lights to this school zone sign at Beverly Hills.

There is going to be a bit of money coming in once the six "white" mobile speed camera vans finish the one month warning period and start fining speeding drivers.

Maybe there'll be enough revenue to get an extra set of flashing lights at the Beverly Hills school zone going South, opposite Edgbaston st, because drivers that stop at the lights at Morgan st don't realize/forget it's schoolzone time and waiting for them down the slope hidden behind a pole, is the camera.

As I said in my letter to the Telegraph below "speed cameras have their place in road safety" but the problem with school zones is that drivers need to know WHEN it's school zone time and flashing lights are the answer.
Then if you still speed and get caught tough luck.

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This letter I sent into the Telegraph after being ignored by Mr Roozendaal/office

The reply said they'd "look into it," and nothing has changed at Beverly Hills

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School zone at King Georges rd Beverly hills

I spent a fortnight of school zone time at Beverly hills in my santa suit, with my 40 sign, and signs on van to draw attention to fact there was a need of an extra set of flashing lights at Edgebaston st.

I had predicted trouble on 25 July '07 when I saw the speed cameras being installed and rang a reporter at the St George and Sutherland Shire Leader.

I suggested to him that as an investigative reporter, he could ask the RTA why there wasn't a extra set of flashing lights (as there is on the other side of the road) going South, at Beverly Hills

Nothing happened and the camera installation was finished and they were switched on.

I saw this article in the paper, (by the same reporter), and sadly as the leaders article shows, my concern made sense.




The RTA spokes person says that a repeater (school zone) sign was installed at Edgebaston St.

That same sign (above) is the one that I wrote to the roads minister about on 3/9/07 and suggested to him that this sign, needed flashing lights.

Any long school zones should have repeater lights if there are side streets coming into the zone.

How many other drivers have been caught out at this school zone and are about to loose their licence?
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Dear sir,
I question the need at all, for there to be a school zone along the whole length of the shopping strip at King Georges Rd Beverly hills.
("No warning on school zone"Leader 6/9/07)
With a fence and planter boxes, this area is virtually a divided road and with an over bridge, and traffic lights along it's length, there are ample places for pedestrians to cross safely.
Granted there is a school at both ends of the school zone, but why not have a zone at the school, not a single one over a kilometer long.

Last Monday 3rd Sept. in the morning school zone time, I counted the South speed camera light flash 34 times in one hour, as cars went past allegedly exceeding the 40 kmh limit.
Why would drivers do this, unless they were unaware that they were still in a school zone, yet nowhere near a school.


The RTA have put up a small "repeater " school zone sign at Egdbaston st, but it needs to be one with flashing lights.
On Tues 4 th Sept, I e-mailed Mr Roozendaal the roads minister requesting that this be done, I have not as yet, had any response.

Hans Stephens
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adding as a postscript to the e-mail
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I would love to have response by people who have been booked, and maybe help with getting the tickets looked at.
Can my web site name www.schoolzonesanta.com be added to my letter?
Regards Hans
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I emailed the Roads Minister Mr Eric Roozendaal, as one phone call from him would get action that was needed, after all he was the Transport Minister and in charge.

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To: enquiries.roads@roozendaal.minister.nsw.gov.au
Sent: Tuesday, September 04, 2007 8:58 PM
Subject: school zone

Dear Minister,
I would like to bring to your attention a situation at a school zone on King Georges rd. Beverly hills.
There are flashing lights at this zone and now also a new set of speed cameras, but a lot of drivers don't realize that the whole shopping strip is a school zone.
Because it's such a long zone, (.9 klm) can a second warning light unit be added to the school zone sign that's half way, heading South towards Hurstville, similar to the one already on the other side of the road.

Without going on in detail here, my concern about this school zone is explained, with photos, on my web site www.schoolzonesanta.com

Thank you for your time

Regards Hans Stephens

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No reply, so I rang, and was told that I hadn't added an address
So I wrote again with full address and phone number.

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To: Sent: Thursday, September 13, 2007 7:47 AM
Subject: Re: school zone

Dear sir.
As the situation at the Beverly Hills school zone is only getting worse could you please have a look at the last couple of pages on www.schoolzonesanta.com

Thank you
Hans Stephens

This is the page on the day I sent the E-mail.

What is needed at King Georges and Edgbaston Beverly Hills is get one of these flashing light units

and put it where this school zone sign is on the right

and I would say that would help with the school zone "speeding" for drivers heading south.

Drivers now just cruise down this divided road after traffic lights change at Morgan st forgetting all about the school zone.

JUST IMAGINE THE NUMBER OF DRIVER THAT WILL BE CAUGHT WHEN THEY TAKE AWAY THE LARGE TRAILER MOUNTED WARNING SIGNS

There need to be more 60 signs at Beverly Hills, especially one between Stoney Creek rd and the North bound camera.
It would be helpful for drivers and road safety that "60 ahead" signs be installed on either end of the zone, because it's 70 along most of King Georges rd and if an extra set of flashing lights had been installed at Edgbaston steet, I don't think the RTA and ultimately, Mr Roozendaal would have this problem.

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No reply, so I tried again.

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To: enquiries.roads@roozendaal.minister.nsw.gov.au
Sent: Thursday, September 20, 2007 1:01 PM
Subject: Re: school zone

Dear sir ,
I have written and phoned but have as yet not heard back from your office.
I once wrote to Mr Costa and received a reply 6 months later from Mr Tripodi.
If you would like an update on the Beverly Hills school zone perhaps you could have a look at last nights entry on my website.
Things are better for motorists at the moment
www.schoolzonesanta.com

Thank you for your time.
Regards Hans Stephens
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I sent two more emails and didn't get a reply untill the day after I emailed the Daily Telegraph and this was in that morning's (Nov 8)letter's page.

The reply said they'd "look into it," and nothing has changed at Beverly Hills


I tried other ways of getting publicity

I helped the children by slowing down traffic.

These reliable cheap flashing lights that were installed by Mr Peter Olsen at 4 schools, lights that are cheap in price, (not quality and reliability.0

These flashing lights would be a boon for drivers and children's safety at school zones.

But as it's not made by a preferred (read expensive) contractor, will the RTA ever use them?

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I have emailed the next new Transport Minister

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Original Message -----
From: Minister Daley's Office
From: stephens1510 [mailto:stephens1510@optusnet.com.au]
Posted At: Friday, 21 November 2008 10:48 AM
Posted To: DA_Office_Email
Conversation: Beverly Hiills School zone.
Subject: Beverly Hiills School zone.

Dear Minister,

In July last year the RTA installed variable speed cameras at a school zone on King Georges rd Beverly Hills.

Even before the cameras were switched on I could see that because of the length of the school zone and many side streets entering it, that there would be carnage when they were activated, even though flashing lights are at both ends on King Georges Rd.

After an article in the local paper featuring a group of sad looking motorists holding up tickets I emailed the then roads minister Mr Roozendaal suggesting an extra set of flashing lights opposite Edgbason st to help South bound motorists (and make it safer for children, the whole idea for having school zones)

After 4 unanswered emails, I wrote to the Telegraph and then "coincidentally" an unhelpful reply came from Mr Roozendaal's office two days later.
30,000 infringements in the first three months would indicate that perhaps that more signage would be helpful.

To more easily illustrate the problem at Beverly Hills, I've brought forward the relevant page on my website

www.schoolzonesanta.com

Please have a look

We need road rule and to enforce them, but hammering average, unaware drivers is not the way to go.

More sixty signs and that extra flashing light unit at Beverly Hills, would go a long way in the public relations department.

Thank you for your time.
All the best in handling, what is a difficult portfolio.

Yours faithfully
Hans Stephens

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This has come back

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To: stephens1510
Sent: Monday, November 24, 2008 9:34 AM
Subject: RE: Beverly Hiills School zone.

Dear Mr Stephens,

Thank you for your email to the Hon Michael Daley MP, Minister for Roads.

The Minister has arranged for the matters raised to be examined and a response will be provided as soon as possible.

Office of the Minister for Roads

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As nothing futher came back, I handed the minister personaly a copy of the email and explained about the need for the extra flshing light set at Beverly hills and he said "I can't do any thing about that" and he was the minister. Dear me, who is the boss him or the RTA?

The link below is the offical RTA reply to the email I handed Mr Dally.

http://schoolzonesanta.com/index.php/2009/01/11/rta_reply

I await a reply from Mr Boger's office

To be continued ................

SCHOOL ZONE SANTA .....A brief History
I started SZS in 2004 when it was clear that something was wrong at the school zone at Kogarah with it's two speed cameras, when 49,500 drivers were booked in one year, (2003/2004)and paid $6.5 million.

Flashing lights weren't an option it seems, even though those 49,500 speeding drivers were putting children's lives at risk.

When then Roads Minister Costa (after media pressure) said he'd "move the speed cameras" at Kogarah, I emailed him as said he would be blamed for moving them, if a child was then run down, and that he could install ten cameras at Kogarah, but to also put flashing lights there too.


(A form reply came six months later from the office of the next road minister Mr Tripodi.)
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So school zone santa has be going since and as my effort in the 2007 State election and in other categories shows, I can be quite pesistant.

http://schoolzonesanta.com/index.php/2007/03/16/sample_more_to_come
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Kogarah School Zone ..... day one

http://schoolzonesanta.com/index.php/2004/12/23/hello_fellow_motorists

I was at Kogarah all Febuary 2005 in my santa suit and with my sign and every morning and afternoon I helped slow the drivers, as can been seen in the web site archives on the right

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Fudgy Figures

July 16th, 2010
After seeing Treasurer Swan he didn't know when it was polling day as if Ms Gillard wouldn't discuss the date with him I sent this into the Daily Telegraph and was printed today

This line was not printed

"because unless Ms Gillard doesn't consult and seek council from her vice captain, just his denial that he wouldn't know (when she knows) when it's polling day, shows he is a barefaced liar,"