By David Schout
A recent targeted police operation in the CBD saw over 50 fines slapped on pedestrians, motorists and cyclists.
Police issued penalty notices as part of operation Don’t Do Your Dash on Thursday, June 27, in which they targeted all road users at the city’s most high-risk intersection.
The majority of infringements (33) were pedestrian red-light offences, or “jaywalking”, while 15 motorists were also nabbed for a range of offences including using a mobile phone, a failure to indicate or driving while unlicensed.
Three cyclists were also fined for failing to wear a helmet, and two people were arrested for matters unrelated to the operation.
Melbourne East acting senior sergeant Robert Milliken said the operation was about ensuring all road users were aware of their responsibilities on the road, and remained vigilant at the city’s more dangerous spots.
“These operations are ultimately about improving safety on our roads, particularly at Melbourne’s busiest intersections where we see a high volume of people daily,” Acting Sen-Sgt Milliken said.
Tragically, the following day a pedestrian was killed after being struck by a truck turning a corner near Queen Victoria Market.
It is believed the truck was turning left from Victoria St into Peel St when it struck the female pedestrian.
In May, Roads Minister Jaala Pulford convened a Road Safety Summit to address the state’s soaring road toll, which was up by more than 50 per cent when compared with the same time last year.