Aug 14 2019

Canberrans Fined For Disobeying Pedestrian Signals Near Light Rail


ACT Police have confirmed that a number of Canberrans have received fines for walking against traffic signals, as part of patrols during the first ever Rail Safety Week in Canberra.

Yesterday, in a one hour period at the intersection of Northbourne Avenue and Barry Drive/Cooyong Street, uniformed police fined nine people for walking against the pedestrian lights. Today, much to the dismay of police, more than double that number of people were fined at the same intersection. 

Acting Officer in Charge of Traffic, Stephen Booth said people’s behaviour was unacceptable.

“Crossing the road against the lights is both irresponsible and dangerous. We are frustrated that people are not only ignoring the signals but they are doing it in front of a highly visible police presence,” he said.

“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 the high visibility patrols throughout this week, as it appears the honeymoon period for Canberra's light rail network is well and truly over.

Earlier this week a 61-year-old male was taken to hospital in a serious condition following a collision with the vehicle. Late last week the ACT Government released a video highlighting a number of near misses between motorvehicles and the Light Rail.

The Opposition Spokeswoman Candice Burch has floated more warning signals to be part of the Light Rail - including having bells on the vehicles to warn pedestrians when they are approaching.

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