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…