Strange incident on the news

Discussion in 'Australian Motorcycles' started by krazykol, Dec 4, 2006.

  1. krazykol

    krazykol Guest

    Not quite motorcycle related, but could just have easily happened to one of
    us.

    On a local news report there was the story of a rear ender (which I happened
    passed on the way home from work) where someone was stopped in a passing
    lane to turn right accross double white lines into a driveway and was
    smashed into from behind by someone using the over taking lane for (oh my
    god how dare they) over taking (a truck) and would have not been able to see
    her before pulling out. I know the spot well and he would have had little to
    no chance of seeing her in advance. Now the news lady made a big song and
    dance about (mostly because the police officer who was interviewed did) how
    the guy doing the over taking was being charged with reckless use of a
    vehicle. Mean while nothing was said about the lady stopped in the passing
    lane (did I mention on the Bruce Highway) being charged with anything at
    all. Now surely (and I'm not involved in law inforcement so I have only
    (what little) common sense I have) she should have been charge with at least
    half a dozen offenses (far more than the poor barstard who hit her)?

    Does anyone have any idea how this would have played out in states other
    than the insanity state (Qld)?

    Krazykol
    Firestorm
     
    krazykol, Dec 4, 2006
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  2. Strangely enough, Qld has this rather odd rule that says that the onus
    is on the person doing the overtaking to make sure that it is safe to do
    so. It'd never catch on in the southern States, though.

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    PeterC [aka MildThing]
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    Peter Cremasco, Dec 4, 2006
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    thomasr Guest

    Could just have easily been a broken down car, a tree branch, a lost
    clown, an asteroid etc. Fact remains: you hit you pay. Or at least
    contributory damages.

    I can't see a problem. Sure the woman was making an illegal right
    turn.... but seriously- should you overtake when you can't really see
    whats there? Not exactly a motorcycling philosophy to *live* by.

    Thomasr
    Whose fault isn't important when you're in hospital.
     
    thomasr, Dec 4, 2006
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    Grump Guest

    Oh well....another tailgater off the road for a while...
    G.
     
    Grump, Dec 4, 2006
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    F Murtz Guest

    Always thought it is legal to turn right over double lines in to your
    driveway
     
    F Murtz, Dec 4, 2006
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    Dale Porter Guest

    You're right. Rule 140 was put in the Victorian Road Rules as a joke....

    http://www.vicroads.vic.gov.au/vrpdf/randl/part_11.pdf

    :-/
     
    Dale Porter, Dec 4, 2006
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  7. Partly reproduced here for the benefit of those who don't want to view
    the document.

    140. No overtaking unless safe to do so
    A driver must not overtake a vehicle unless—
    (a) the driver has a clear view of any approaching traffic; and
    (b) the driver can safely overtake the vehicle.


    And that was my point. Obviously the dripping sarcasm didn't make it
    over the wires.

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    Cheers

    PeterC [aka MildThing]
    Most scientific discoveries are heralded by a tentative "Hmmm. That's funny..." instead of a jubilant "Eureka!"

    '81 Yamaha Virago (XV) 750H (work in progress)
    '01 Yamaha FJR1300

    www.dmcsc.org.au
    http://eladesom.com.au/ulysses/
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    Peter Cremasco, Dec 4, 2006
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    jlittler Guest

    Agree with your comments but that right turn wasn't illegal I think
    you'll find.

    JL
     
    jlittler, Dec 4, 2006
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    atec 77 Guest

    From what I can see if you cross an unbroken double line it's a no-no
    The recommendation is go past and make a legal u-turn and return
     
    atec 77, Dec 5, 2006
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    atec 77 Guest

    I have them for reading and I express not only my opinion but the
    opinion of the family retainer. ( QLD (sic))
     
    atec 77, Dec 5, 2006
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