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  # 566785 10-Jan-2012 10:35
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Another point that seems to be lost is that the charge is simply "Exceeding 50 km/h" all the Police need to prove is that you were travelling faster than 50 km/h. Wether it was 56km/h or 62 km/h or whatever, it is irrelevant to you being convicted (if it went to court).

Officers using moving or stationary radar must obtain a 'tracking history' meaning they must observe the target vehicle and visually identify both the target as correct and 'clear' as well as the fact the vehicle is speeding, so there is a human element in the process. They can't just see the reading and then pick the nearest car and say that must be the one. Experienced/trained officers know when the reading is not correct and something is going on making the radar speed reading unreliable. IME officers are very clear on this process and if there is any doubt tickets are not issued (driver may still be stopped and spoken to).

...and yes speaking from experience from a past life.

Like other comments before mine I doubt you have a leg to stand on unless there was some technicality that you could find to get you off, and unless you know what you are looking for they will be hard to find.

Best of luck, but personally I think you just need to accept you got caught out and get on with life.

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  # 566799 10-Jan-2012 10:54
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the electronic speedo on the dash was reading 57 / 58 km/h 

I admit i was speeding but 98% of the time i sit around 52 / 53. having an electronic speedo is really helpful

Hi Qwerty7,

Hands up I have been caught speeding, paid the fine and took the points. Never fun but I happened to be passing a slow moving vehicle and was above the posted speed limit, not my intent to speed that day (given my mother was in the passenger seat and it was her car!) but was and thats the breaks.

You previously said that you never speed, this one time you put your foot down and got caught, your post above says you habitually and intentionally exceed the posted speed limit and this time got caught at it.

Suggest like some other people on here already that you take it on the chin, accept the demerit points and the fine and get on with keeping the speedo at or below the posted speed limit in future to avoid such events.

Your original post asked a question which has been answered, with the best will in the world you accept you were speeding and got caught. You now question if the reading was or was not accurate. If you really want to pursue the variance in the reading of the polices (hopfully fully calibrated equipment) can I make a personal suggestion get your speedo calibration checked as they can under or over record (with the norm to be over), then if your car is accurate you know if you may have a leg to stand on regards the validity of their recording of your speed. If however your speedo is under recording then you know to get it fixed for future reference.


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  # 566812 10-Jan-2012 11:15
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the electronic speedo on the dash was reading 57 / 58 km/h 

I admit i was speeding but 98% of the time i sit around 52 / 53. having an electronic speedo is really helpful

What car was this? All of the Holden commodores I have owned (from a VY upwards) have electronic speedo's and were all very accurate. (Within 1km/s of GPS, roadside speed indicators etc.) The tyres ranged from 18inches to 19 inches.

I even think at one point I upgraded my SV8 from 17 to 18inches, and it was still accurate. (maybe the holden dealers changed to computer settings at the next service? I can't remember).

Either way, if your speedo is out by that much, maybe you should take it in the dealers to get a service. Maybe they can change the tyre settings in the computer.

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