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Do ACT Police care about red light runners?

By thatsnotme 11 October 2014 21

I saw this media release recently, and thought to myself ‘about time!’  I cycle to work on the days I can, and a long part of my trip takes me down Belconnen Way.

Every morning I ride, I guarantee that at the intersections of Belconnen Way and Lathlain St / Bindubi St, Haydon Drive and Gungahlin Drive, motorists will run red lights.  The ones I see are mainly those turning on arrows – it’s kinda obvious they’ve run the red, because they’re still in the middle of the intersection when the lights to go straight ahead turn green.

So this morning, as I was riding into the city, I noticed a black ute parked on the centre median at the Bindubi St intersection and thought to myself ‘I wonder if that’s an unmarked Police car?’  So I waited, watched the traffic turning, and sure enough there was a blatant red light runner.  I waited for the lights, for the sirens…but nothing.

So thinking maybe it’s wasn’t a police car after all, I headed through the intersection, then saw that a uniformed police officer was sitting in the car.  It had LED lights in the sports bar.  It was definitely an unmarked police car, someone had just blatantly run a red directly in front of it during a month where these type of offences are apparently being targeted…and nothing.

Kinda gotta wonder whether the media release made it to the police on the ground…

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dibdotdob 11:27 am 06 Jan 15

Tooks said :

You don’t get a red light TIN unless you enter the intersection AFTER the lights turn red.

This is why disputing the matter. Reading through the Australian Road Rules I’m of the opinion that TIN for contravention 56(1)(a) ( failing to stop at a red light or arrow ) is incorrect and that 57(3) ( clearing the intersection ) would have been a more accurate description of what happened.

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