This one's a near miss. Coming home yesterday along St George's Road Northcote, approaching the intersection (used to be a roundabout) at Merri Parade/Charles Street. The first set of lights is a pedestrian crossing about 50m before the intersection, I'm in the right hand lane, and rolling to a stop at the white line for a red light . Here a streetview grab: I don't even remember seeing it. I think I reacted before I even identified what was happening, but I accelerated across the white line and to the right, over the gutter and onto the pedestrian walkway. A split second later a silver Commodore comes sliding sideways along the road where I had been a second before. stopping just slightly over the white line. Faaark. That coulda put me in orbit. So yeah, no damage. Didn't like the angry look on the driver's face so got outta there ASAP when light turned green. Now there is no red light camera at this set of lights, but I got to wondering - if I had to do this (cross the white line to avoid a rear-ender) and a red light camera did get me but NOT the approaching car - what would my chances be of claiming self-preservation as a defense? Assuming I didn't continue right through the intersection of course. Opinions based on experience particularly welcomed.