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Topic # 154307 23-Oct-2014 21:07
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To everyone who know their road codes/law.

I was driving along straight road, 100 km/hr speed limit. Car in front was at 80 km/hr. I decided to overtake (not passing). I indicate, revved my diesel and after I was about to go back to my lane, a car coming towards me gave high beam a few times. Then I quickly checked if it's safe to change lane - it was. Then I realized that the oncoming car is actually police car. He indicate to me to stop when I passed him.

I did stop. I was told that my overtaking speed is too fast - 127. I said to him that I was overtaking which he then replied that 'It was still too fast and I need to go with the flow'.

I don't understand what that means? I also don't understand how I'm supposed to overtake if I can't go fast.

1. Can someone point to me what are the actual limit when you overtake?

2. Explain what that police officer meant.

3. How to overtake safely if you can't go fast? I always revved and slow down once I change back to my lane. It's common to see the speed goes up to 130km/hr.





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  Reply # 1160973 23-Oct-2014 21:09
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Speed limit is 100km per hour.  It's illegal to go above that, ever.

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  Reply # 1160984 23-Oct-2014 21:10
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The legal maximum on NZ roads is 100kmh period. Overtaking must be done with in that limit.




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  Reply # 1160996 23-Oct-2014 21:12
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Speed limit for passing is no different to the speed limit when not passing.
Going with the flow means traveling at the same speed as the people in front and behind you.

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  Reply # 1160997 23-Oct-2014 21:14
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Passing doesn't magically increase the speed limit, sorry. Wish it did.




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  Reply # 1160998 23-Oct-2014 21:14
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it's illegal to overtake

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  Reply # 1160999 23-Oct-2014 21:15
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As above: Whatever the posted speed limit is then that's the speed limit, overtaking or not.




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  Reply # 1161013 23-Oct-2014 21:35
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Just curious what the OP thinks the limit should be when over taking?

Also did you get a ticket for 127 then?

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  Reply # 1161031 23-Oct-2014 22:00
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Just to put another spin on this


 

If you are travelling slower than the speed limit and there are vehicles following you, you must:

 

  • keep as close to the left side of the road as possible
  • pull over as soon as it is safe to let following vehicles pass.
Don’t speed up on straight stretches of road to prevent following vehicles from passing you.


How far did you follow said policeman for at the slow speed of 80km/h?  My impression if it was prolonged would be he was breaking the law.  And yes you did break the speed limit.

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  Reply # 1161034 23-Oct-2014 22:04
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He probably only broke the speed limit due to the 80km guy speeding up to 100km at the passing opportunity :(




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  Reply # 1161043 23-Oct-2014 22:32
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I'm in two minds about this. I prefer to get the overtake maneuver over as quickly as possible, no point hanging out in the oncoming lane for longer than needed.

Speed never killed anyone, it's the rapid deceleration after crashing into something which does.

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  Reply # 1161045 23-Oct-2014 22:37
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2. Should have just chilled at 80 km/h. I have this same issue everyday where I drive. There is a stretch of road approx 2k's limited to 80km/h. In that 2k's there are five 80km/h signs! After that stretch the road goes back to 100km/h and there is a sign indicating this. I guess no one sees it because people sit at 80 km/h for the next 5ks, of which there are no other speed limit signs! So annoying, I wish they would write the speed changes on the road.

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  Reply # 1161046 23-Oct-2014 22:45
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Why did you feel the need to be going 47km/h faster than the guy you were passing. That seems excessive.

If you didn't get a ticket this time, count yourself lucky.

Here in Oz you'd have lost your licence for 28 days for that (plus a ticket)




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  Reply # 1161047 23-Oct-2014 22:45
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Strange topic. Passed at 127, ok, nuff said

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  Reply # 1161070 23-Oct-2014 22:51
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itxtme: Just to put another spin on this


If you are travelling slower than the speed limit and there are vehicles following you, you must:

 

  • keep as close to the left side of the road as possible
  • pull over as soon as it is safe to let following vehicles pass.
Don’t speed up on straight stretches of road to prevent following vehicles from passing you.


How far did you follow said policeman for at the slow speed of 80km/h?  My impression if it was prolonged would be he was breaking the law.  And yes you did break the speed limit.


while this is in the road code, i honestly cant recall a time when i have personally seen or hear of it actually being enforced..






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  Reply # 1161077 23-Oct-2014 22:59
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itxtme: Just to put another spin on this



If you are travelling slower than the speed limit and there are vehicles following you, you must:

  • keep as close to the left side of the road as possible

  • pull over as soon as it is safe to let following vehicles pass.


Don’t speed up on straight stretches of road to prevent following vehicles from passing you.


How far did you follow said policeman for at the slow speed of 80km/h?  My impression if it was prolonged would be he was breaking the law.  And yes you did break the speed limit.


???

The OP clearly states the oncoming car was the police car, not the one doing 80kph.




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