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41 minutes ago, Broad Norfolk said:

On the 7th August I set off early morning for North Norfolk to catch high water for a stock session. It was brilliant. However, before 6am on the way out and within three miles of home I was recorded by a speed camera for doing 35mph in a 30mph zone. Today I have received notice of prosecution, but when all is resolved I wonder how many images I will have to sell to cover the penalty!! Can't argue with the camera - I was driving the car!! Not a good start to the day. GRRR!

Jim 😩  


Wow Jim that’s no fun!  I thought the speed cameras were bad here, in the USA but just 5mph over the limit generally won’t trigger a ticket here.   Most don’t get tripped unless your are doing 9mph or faster, over the limit.

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I thought that there was the option to go on a speed awareness course instead of the fine and points on your license for such a minor offence, or have they stopped running courses due to Covid?

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10 minutes ago, VbFolly said:

I thought that there was the option to go on a speed awareness course instead of the fine and points on your license for such a minor offence, or have they stopped running courses due to Covid?

 

You are correct. The option is still on the form and I've just my sent details off so I'll just have to wait for the final outcome/choices. I just feel disappointed that this is my first 'blip' in 50+ years of driving! 

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Just now, Broad Norfolk said:

 

You are correct. The option is still on the form and I've just my sent details off so I'll just have to wait for the final outcome/choices. I just feel disappointed that this is my first 'blip' in 50+ years of driving! 

You're clearly a careful driver, and you've been unlucky. Maybe if you go on the course you can get a few stock photos!

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1 hour ago, VbFolly said:

You're clearly a careful driver, and you've been unlucky. Maybe if you go on the course you can get a few stock photos!

Now there's a thought!

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1 hour ago, VbFolly said:

You're clearly a careful driver, and you've been unlucky. Maybe if you go on the course you can get a few stock photos!

 

I've read that  the speed awareness course is being done on Zoom because they are unable to deliver face-to-face courses!

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1 hour ago, Michael Ventura said:


Wow Jim that’s no fun!  I thought the speed cameras were bad here, in the USA but just 5mph over the limit generally won’t trigger a ticket here.   Most don’t get tripped unless your are doing 9mph or faster, over the limit.

 

It's generally 10% +2 miles over the limit that triggers the ticket. 

 

Limit Fixed penalty
when course not
appropriate:
Speed
awareness course
from:
Speed
awareness
course to:
Summons in
all other
cases above:
20mph 24mph 24mph 31mph 35mph
30mph 35mph 35mph 42mph 50mph
40mph 46mph 46mph 53mph 66mph
50mph 57mph 57mph 64mph 76mph
60mph 68mph 68mph 75mph 86mph
70mph 79mph 79mph 86mph 96mph
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1 hour ago, Thyrsis said:

 

It's generally 10% +2 miles over the limit that triggers the ticket. 

 

Limit Fixed penalty
when course not
appropriate:
Speed
awareness course
from:
Speed
awareness
course to:
Summons in
all other
cases above:
20mph 24mph 24mph 31mph 35mph
30mph 35mph 35mph 42mph 50mph
40mph 46mph 46mph 53mph 66mph
50mph 57mph 57mph 64mph 76mph
60mph 68mph 68mph 75mph 86mph
70mph 79mph 79mph 86mph 96mph


This actually makes sense.

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On 14/08/2020 at 05:07, Broad Norfolk said:

 

You are correct. The option is still on the form and I've just my sent details off so I'll just have to wait for the final outcome/choices. I just feel disappointed that this is my first 'blip' in 50+ years of driving! 

I might be wrong, but over here, in certain places, the traffic police have quotas to make. X tickets to be written by each officer in a given month. Especially in and around smaller towns since they depend on the fines to help the town budget. 
During these times, I’m sure with the travel restrictions that were in place for so long, fines have gone way town, budgets are being crunched, and speed limits are being more strictly enforced.

Not saying that’s why you got ticketed, but just a musing from me. 
When I lived in Oklahoma City, there was a small “town” on the south side that covered about 1 square mile.  Surrounded on all sides by Oklahoma City. I never was in the area, but I think a strip joint was their second biggest money-maker. The first being, of course, writing speeding tickets if you even thought about going one mile over the limit.

That’s why I never was around the area, because traditionally I go about 3 miles over the limit except in school zones or construction areas. I would have surely gotten a ticket.

Like Michael said, usually we aren’t looked at as fine material unless going 5-10 miles over on the highway. Maybe 5 on town streets in my neck of the woods. Sorry you got afoul of the limit, especially with your excellent record. 

Reminds me of when I was a child. I went to school when I was so sick I could barely hold my head up because I didn’t want to ruin my perfect attendance record, which led to being presented an award certificate in front of the class.  3 years, no misses. While I spread my germs like Typhoid Mary, considering I was a sickly child who barely got over one cold before catching another, probably from another classmate who was aiming for a perfect record.  Of course, I knew nothing too much about germs then.
A 50 + year record....ouch.

Edited to add. Valley Brook, all of .3 square miles. Even tinier than I thought.

QUOTE: Yes, it’s a speed trap.

Eastern Avenue near S.E. 59th Street

VALLEY BROOK, OKLAHOMAOCT 22, 20070 COMMENTS

Heading North bound on Eastern avenue, especially during morning traffic you enter into the city of Valley Brook, the speed limit drops from 50 to 40 mph and on the West side of Eastern just about 1 mile before SE 59th Street there is always a cop car waiting to catch somebody.

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Our latest car is the first we have possessed to have cruise control, I find it invaluable where speed limits are concerned. Not infallible, it won't apply the brakes on a downhill section, but it mostly keeps to the required speed.

 

It's otherwise so easy to be distracted and to allow the speed to creep up, my wife, normally a careful driver,  was caught out last year and did the course. 

 

We're seeing many more 20 mph limits around these days, catching up with some other European countries where urban limits have been  30 kph for a a long while, but it's taking  some time for people to respect them here. As a cyclist I generally welcome these lower limits, particularly where roads pass peoples' front doors and kids could be playing.

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Bad thing. I’ve been fostering 2 Monarch caterpillars inside in my butterfly cage. One formed the J hook yesterday and should have formed a chrysalis today. Instead I found it dead, and a wiggly worm-thing wiggling on the floor of the cage, after it had burst out of the caterpillar. Victim of the tachinid fly, that lays microscopic eggs on the caterpillars, then burrow inside.

Less than 10% of Monarchs make it to the butterfly stage due to disease and predators.

I still have one caterpillar left, it was the youngest. I’m ever hopeful.

I planted 5 milkweed plants this spring so I could try to help the Monarchs, whose numbers are decreasing. I go out multiple times a day looking for eggs, and squish tiny yellow aphids with my fingers that feast on the milkweed.

Looking for eggs is hopeless. They are tiny. Found on the underside of leaves. Ever tried to turn over 500 leaves? I give up in frustration after 50 or so.
Betty

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1 hour ago, Colblimp said:

Doing my accounts. 😡😥

 

When I had my own business I enjoyed doing my own accounts. They were always approved by an independent qualified accountant.

 

Allan

 

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44 minutes ago, spacecadet said:

Er, you still have one!

 

Not really. If I were to do the accounts for this pastime as a business over the years I have been doing it the profit loss would be heavily biased to the loss side of the scales and the tax man would owe me around £35,000.00.

 

Against that I don't think he would be interested in the piddling amount I have received from Alamy.

 

Allan

 

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4 hours ago, Allan Bell said:

 They were always approved by an independent qualified accountant.

 

Allan

Which is what I do after I've inputted payments and receipts etc. 👍

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Not me, but:

Photographer mugged for his DSLR.

 

Hopefully not an Alamy contributor. I've walked down that road many times with my camera gear, but usually keep it in my backpack until needed. Still, it could easily have been me, so I'll be especially glad if the perpetrators get caught in this case.

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19 hours ago, DJ Myford said:

Not me, but:

Photographer mugged for his DSLR.

 

Hopefully not an Alamy contributor. I've walked down that road many times with my camera gear, but usually keep it in my backpack until needed. Still, it could easily have been me, so I'll be especially glad if the perpetrators get caught in this case.

 

I reckon seeing the related incident on my local photography group "Lenses of Croydon" FB page (now removed). The injuries on the photographer face looked very bad. I hope he is recovering well.

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This weekend we were finally due to see our latest grandchild, and next week get away for the first time this year  in our caravan, when a warning light appeared on the car, related to the emission control system. Looking at the manual you are supposed to contact a garage immediately. I rang our closest dealer, but despite explaining the circumstances and the fact that they had serviced the car last week, they were unable to deal with the problem until next Thursday. The Mrs very unhappy.

 

Took the car to Fred in the Shed who dropped tools and plugged in his computer. He wasn't able to determine the problem but he did cancel the warning light. He said he thought it was probably a glitch and, provided that the light didn't come on again, it was OK to drive. 

 

We're left in a state of limbo, is there a genuine problem or was it just a random electronic fault? I'm coming to the conclusion that modern diesel cars are just too much trouble, devices fitted to control emissions are a major source of problems, but for towing even a small caravan I'm not sure there is a viable and affordable alternative. We've already had a new Adblue pump fitted under warranty, but the car is no longer covered and I can see an expensive repair looming, and this assumes that the main dealer can accurately diagnose the fault and provide a remedy. I'm not holding my breath.

 

Meanwhile plan B involves a costly  train journey to visit the new grandbairn.

 

Plan C involves selling car and caravan and buying small cheap petrol runabout. 

 

Bring on the hydrogen powered cars!

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6 hours ago, Bryan said:

This weekend we were finally due to see our latest grandchild, and next week get away for the first time this year  in our caravan, when a warning light appeared on the car, related to the emission control system. Looking at the manual you are supposed to contact a garage immediately. I rang our closest dealer, but despite explaining the circumstances and the fact that they had serviced the car last week, they were unable to deal with the problem until next Thursday. The Mrs very unhappy.

 

Took the car to Fred in the Shed who dropped tools and plugged in his computer. He wasn't able to determine the problem but he did cancel the warning light. He said he thought it was probably a glitch and, provided that the light didn't come on again, it was OK to drive. 

 

We're left in a state of limbo, is there a genuine problem or was it just a random electronic fault? I'm coming to the conclusion that modern diesel cars are just too much trouble, devices fitted to control emissions are a major source of problems, but for towing even a small caravan I'm not sure there is a viable and affordable alternative. We've already had a new Adblue pump fitted under warranty, but the car is no longer covered and I can see an expensive repair looming, and this assumes that the main dealer can accurately diagnose the fault and provide a remedy. I'm not holding my breath.

 

Meanwhile plan B involves a costly  train journey to visit the new grandbairn.

 

Plan C involves selling car and caravan and buying small cheap petrol runabout. 

 

Bring on the hydrogen powered cars!

 

Hello Bryan, 

 

Every time someone moans about Alamy I wonder how they would cope with an interaction with a UK maindealer garage....

 

Maybe take the car, blow the cobwebs out! They haven't had a lot of use this year and modern diesels are fussy.

 

Seems safer than the train. Stay safe. 😉

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19 minutes ago, Mr Standfast said:

 

Hello Bryan, 

 

Every time someone moans about Alamy I wonder how they would cope with an interaction with a UK maindealer garage....

 

Maybe take the car, blow the cobwebs out! They haven't had a lot of use this year and modern diesels are fussy.

 

Seems safer than the train. Stay safe. 😉

 

Thanks for the response! 

 

We did cure a blocked filter by taking the car for a speedy run some while ago. but this is a different problem, engine management rather than particulate filter. 

 

Not keen on driving a distance in case the light comes on again, then progresses from warning orange to serious red, when the engine will start to shut down. Could be fatal on one of these anything but smart death trap motorways. Intending to take it for a shorter drive today.

 

Option D, hire a car.

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36 minutes ago, Bryan said:

 

Thanks for the response! 

 

We did cure a blocked filter by taking the car for a speedy run some while ago. but this is a different problem, engine management rather than particulate filter. 

 

Not keen on driving a distance in case the light comes on again, then progresses from warning orange to serious red, when the engine will start to shut down. Could be fatal on one of these anything but smart death trap motorways. Intending to take it for a shorter drive today.

 

Option D, hire a car.

 

Option D...   🙂

 

 

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14 hours ago, Bryan said:

This weekend we were finally due to see our latest grandchild, and next week get away for the first time this year  in our caravan, when a warning light appeared on the car, related to the emission control system. Looking at the manual you are supposed to contact a garage immediately. I rang our closest dealer, but despite explaining the circumstances and the fact that they had serviced the car last week, they were unable to deal with the problem until next Thursday. The Mrs very unhappy.

 

Took the car to Fred in the Shed who dropped tools and plugged in his computer. He wasn't able to determine the problem but he did cancel the warning light. He said he thought it was probably a glitch and, provided that the light didn't come on again, it was OK to drive. 

 

We're left in a state of limbo, is there a genuine problem or was it just a random electronic fault? I'm coming to the conclusion that modern diesel cars are just too much trouble, devices fitted to control emissions are a major source of problems, but for towing even a small caravan I'm not sure there is a viable and affordable alternative. We've already had a new Adblue pump fitted under warranty, but the car is no longer covered and I can see an expensive repair looming, and this assumes that the main dealer can accurately diagnose the fault and provide a remedy. I'm not holding my breath.

 

Meanwhile plan B involves a costly  train journey to visit the new grandbairn.

 

Plan C involves selling car and caravan and buying small cheap petrol runabout. 

 

Bring on the hydrogen powered cars!

 

You need one of these Bryan. It's even got a 'Tiger in its Tank':

 

2AAK8NF.jpg

 

 

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We could get into a debate about the relative merits of campervans and caravans, we've considered both but opted for the towed variety. Sure could do without having to reverse the van into tricky places however. Once, while towing through France, the satnav sent me into a building site, that was quite interesting.....

 

Some folk have tried both and found that a different solution was preferable depending on their stage in life.

 

Rich folk, probably not photographers, tow a little car behind their motorhome, well beyond what I am prepared to spend. 

 

Re car saga, took it for a longish outing and no sign of the warning light - fingers crossed.

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