Police have fined more than two dozen pedestrians jaywalking on the corner of Northbourne Avenue and Barry Drive as authorities clamp down on light rail safety after a serious accident on the corridor earlier this week.
After a 61-year-old man was rushed to hospital in a serious condition after being hit by an LRV on Monday morning (12 August), ACT Policing are conducting high visibility patrols at busy foot traffic intersections as part of Rail Safety Week.
ACT Policing’s uniformed officers fined nine people for walking against the pedestrian lights in an hour period on Tuesday afternoon (13 August).
Acting Officer in Charge of Traffic Stephen Booth said much to his dismay, more than double that number of people were fined at the same intersection this morning. He slammed pedestrians’ behaviour, saying it was “unacceptable”.
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“Crossing the road against the lights is both irresponsible and dangerous,” he said. “We are frustrated that people are not only ignoring the signals but they are doing it in front of a highly visible police presence.
“If the pedestrian lights show a red light and you have not already started crossing the intersection, you must stop and wait until the pedestrian light changes to green. People who choose to cross against red lights may be handed a fine of $151.”
Police will continue to conduct high visibility patrols throughout this week.