Police are frustrated with the increasing number of Canberra drivers going through stop signs and red lights – and generally not handling intersections safely.
Last month ACT Policing issued more than triple the number of traffic infringement notices for intersection-related offences that they did for the month of August last year – issuing 326 notices as opposed to 107.
Top of the list of these offences were people not stopping at stop signs, with 161 drivers detected committing stop sign offences.
Second on the list came drivers not stopping at red lights, with 86 infringements issued during August 2017.
Officer in Charge of Traffic, Station Sergeant Marcus Boorman said the number of drivers caught is beyond comprehension.
“The road rules are there for your safety,” Station Sergeant Boorman said.
“Half of all collisions occur at intersections because people disregard or do not understand their obligations on the road. It is your job to educate yourself.
“This type of behaviour is reckless and it can have disastrous consequences. This is not about revenue raising, it is about saving lives,” he said.
“I urge you to think of your own family and friends and how you feel about putting them at risk.
“This behaviour on our roads is simply not good enough Canberra.”
ACT Policing targeted intersections during August as part of a multi-agency strategy.
Do you think police have good reason to be concerned? How often do you observe Canberra drivers doing the wrong thing at stop signs and traffic lights? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.