- May 8, 2018
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All part of the game of life mateRe: speeding fines comparison
I have to say as a Canadian I've found it rather odd that a country founded as a penal colony puts up with such rigorous traffic law enforcement and heavy fines. Here in Canada, police rarely ticket for less than 20 km/hr over the limit, and voters in two provinces (Ontario and British Columbia) have turfed out their government in part to get rid of photo radar. I read once how 97% of the drivers in NSW have demerit points on their license, while here in BC 97% have NO points. It also makes me wonder how Ford and Holden can market performance vehicles in such an environment!
They sell Holden to us like it's part of the Australian dream, along with a house and a swimming pool to keep it Aussie (and us in debt to work our ass off for them and banks).
You're right about performance though, it is sold to us like that, just don't get caught sorta thing. It's all about resisting temptation in a strange way. E.G.... Sure, go buy a cool car that can do 250kmph like a proper Australian, but do over 110kmph and we will F**k you over till either your wallet breaks (we know you can afford it seeing as you bought a HSV Clubsport), and punish you so you can't drive your nice car as well.
Same could be said about hydroponic growing equipment. You can buy it, but use it for its intended purpose (usually to grow weed 90% of the time so people don't have to approach dealers and can quality control their own smoke) and the gov will capitalise on it best they can. It's all a stupid game of cat and mouse for revinue, rather than setting things up properly for citizens to be able to work within the guidelines of the law in a more sensible humane and less insane way.
That said, you would probably get in less strife for growing a couple of plants than you would using a radar detector outside of Western Australia.
Same goes for growing tobacco for cigarettes, the fine is ridiculous, your better off growing weed for a slap on the wrist in comparison.
Seems if you tamper in the government income/revinue, they will make you pay for it in the long run E. G. Using a radar detector will get you answering to the crown, by having to forfeit it and explain yourself in court, because you wanted to dodge their taxing methods, where as weed for example once again, isn't a source of government income, so that doesn't cop such a harsher penalty sorta thing.
Canada has a more sensible approach in my opinion and I admire the country for coming to terms with reality in a reasonable way for its people.
Maybe Australians should do the same and kick its own government out and modernise the situation as a whole. We're in the dark ages still!
Just to add and get things back on topic... 10km over (70 in a 60km zone) netted the Gov $420 from me. The average weekly wage if you are earning say $22 an hour is about $700 odd so there goes close to 3 days wages. All from rolling down a hill a bit quick.