Rant inspired by the F U Qld Transport thread, which raised my ire about the events of today. To be clear from the get-go, I'm not trying to pass the blame for my actions onto the police/vicroads, nor trying to avoid responsibility for my actions. I will however call them out for their horseshit revenue raising. This road is long, flat, empty, with only one entry/exit point on each side of the road (cemetery on one side, long factory complex thing on the other), so there's no safety issue here. They know people will want to speed there since it could easily be 80kph, and they want some cashola in their pockets. Anyway, ranting about their tactics won't get me anywhere, we all know they're crooked as they come, so on to the rest of the rant! So some of you may have seen my bitchy status a few weeks ago about getting a speeding fine in the cage that screws me out of ~$450, four demerit points, and a one month suspension. I cop my fines as they come, but the suspension is already proving highly irritating, having to take PT to work. Worst part of it was that it extended my LAMS restrictions for another month, when I thought I'd be getting a big boy bike right around now. I called up the Civic Compliance people (seriously, does that name not ring alarm bells with anyone else?) to get an extension on the fine, and in that conversation and the subsequent transfer to VicRoads I learnt a few things. 1) I got caught TWICE by the same camera, same road, same day. Only received one letter but guessing the other got lost somewhere along the way. Almost same speed so identical punishments. Now if that car has been clearly marked, or there was some visible indication that I'd been sprung, it certainly wouldn't have happened twice, let alone the first time. But I guess that would be too safety focused instead of filling their coffers. 2) The two separate one month suspensions run concurrently, so only a month, which is just retarded but in a good way. However those extra four points put me at 14 points in three years, which means when my one month suspension is up, I get the lovely option of a further 3 months suspended, or a good behaviour bond for 12 months. That 3 months would also probably push my restrictions back AGAIN, and I'm already going batshit having been without a bike for a year. I really don't want to get another 3 months, but it's so easy to lose a single point, even just from speedo error that I don't know I wanna risk it for a whole year. 3) This is the worst part of the whole thing. I got my full license three months later than I thought. I was remembering the date of my L's. So an extra four months (including the one month suspension extension). I have to wait 'til July now. I may cry. Man this turned into an essay. Anyway, vent over, as you were. P.S. Please leave out the 'Don't do the crime if you can't do the time' type posts. As stated above, I cop the consequences of my actions on the chin as anyone should. This isn't a 'poor victimised me' story, it's an 'I'm a dickhead but so are they' story.