Makes me wonder why I joined BV, when it seems a portion of my membership is paying the wages of some pathetic spin doctor:
"Police blitz peds on red
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19 May 2009. Contrary to expectations, almost 400 CBD pedestrians were nabbed for defying the red light in a four day police blitz, far more than the number of bike riders caught.
During the blitz last week, which the media inaccurately described as targeting bike riders, 392 pedestrians were caught crossing the road against a red light and received a $57 on-the-spot fine.
Seventy-two cyclists were issued with a $227 on-the-spot fine for riding through a red light.
The figures confirm that city streets have become increasingly hazardous for bike riders as pedestrians develop the habit of ignoring traffic signals and stepping into the path of bike traffic.
And the figures show that the public perception of bike riders flouting red lights en masse is not backed up by the evidence.
During the intensive four day police campaign more than five times as many pedestrians than cyclists were caught running the red.
Police issued more than 550 penalty notices during the four-day blitz on pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists in the Melbourne CBD.
Ninety-three motorcyclists were caught for offences including riding through a red light, failure to wear a helmet and riding an unlicensed bike. Fines range from $57 to $227.
During the operation, police issued a further 311 penalty notices for motor car traffic offences, including failure to wear a seatbelt, talking on the phone, or driving an unlicensed vehicle.
Police targeted city intersections including Spencer and Collins Streets, Spencer and Bourke Streets, Elizabeth and Flinders Streets, Flinders and Swanston Streets, and Swanston and Collins Streets.
Senior Sergeant Shane Pettingill from the Melbourne Traffic Management Unit said police were alarmed by the number of people continuing to put their lives at risk.
“People don’t seem to understand that they’re risking their lives every time they cross the road against the red man, dart between cars, or ride through red lights.
“People may think they are invincible but it only takes a split second to be involved in a collision and if there is a car or tram involved, a pedestrian or cyclist is going to come out worse off.”
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