Saturday morning, about 2 AM. Riding north on Eastlink, Melbourne, at about $1.10, in the left lane (yep, not really speeding by much). There's a car about 100m ahead of me, I had been following him for a couple of km's, so he's doing a similar speed. No other traffic on the road. All of a sudden a car with no lights appears between me and the car, with no lights on. At $1.10 that's not much of a gap, it would be dangerous at $1.00 as well, and I had to brake hard, followed by a swerve into the middle lane, to avoid hitting him. All of a sudden his lights came up, in addition to red and blue flashing lights. Looks like the cop was just out fishing, sitting in the emergency lane with lights off, and had found a good target in the car ahead of me. The car drove up the Canterbury Rd ramp and stopped, the police stopping behind him, and I kept going up Eastlink. Being 2 AM, I could have been tired. My mind could be wandering elsewhere (especially if I was driving). I could have a limited reaction time - after all, it was less than 2 seconds between me and the cop car when it first appeared in front of me. What the hell? SMIDSY police?