SHOWN NO MERCY
Another bureaucracy, or just no mercy for tourists to Australia?
Have you ever been caught speeding? Well, I didn't. In fact, I did not receive any tickets for any traffic offence in my 50 years of driving in Germany and here in Australia — apart from a $150 fine for parking our campervan on an empty council carpark in Geraldton in 2015, where a worker told us we could park while shopping across the street.
Fine, yes: Fined $150 … It hurt. I didn't contest. Geraldton is not in my good books.
Now I've got another traffic expiation notice. My son, visiting from Germany, was recently caught doing 90km/h in an 80km/h zone. He was driving near Victor Harbor, South Australia, was lost and as he couldn't recall what speed limit zone he was driving in, let the vehicle roll downhill near a creek, looking for his way. There was no other traffic. But he was caught.
My son, who is a writer, is a very good and careful driver, and very familiar with left-hand driving.
He says in Germany there are far more speed signs so you know what is going on.
I had given him my campervan for exploring a bit of our beautiful country before I had my hip operation. My son had to stay with me, looking after me — the reason he came to visit, all on my expense.
I got off the hook, as I proved that I wasn't the driver.
A new traffic expiation notice was sent to my son, at my address. This fine is now included in the expenses, out of my modest pension. I paid the $439, which is a lot.
No mercy — only bureaucracy. It would have been nice just to drop the fine and give a warning to a tourist from another country.
Is there a rule about how often speed limit signs should be posted?