On the ride in this morning, traffic was suddenly particularly horrible in an unexpected area. I split to the front at the lights and discovered why: cops with radar guns (which were unusable because the traffic was at a standstill) conducting general checks. They signalled me to the side and I knew it was for splitting. The friendly young female officer explained that they could do me for overtaking on the left - $180 and 3 pts - or for not travelling in a marked lane - $80 and no points. And that she was going to do the second. That was a relief, 'cos the points might have inconvenienced the keeping of my license somewhat. I just copped it sweet and kept my thoughts to myself and didn't argue. Didn't claim there was some emergency that meant splitting was justified or anything. She gave me a short safety lecture about 'there are some bad drivers out there that hate motorbikes, and you're likely to be a victim of road range and get knocked off if you split'. I didn't point out that there are also bad, inattentive drivers out there that will pancake you against the car in front if you *don't* split, or the odd logic of telling me to govern my behaviour to avoid others' *illegal* behaviour... But as I say, just kept quiet and kept my judgement - which is that I'll make my own decisions about when to split in future, knowing both the safety and the enforcement risks. So why do I say it was worthwhile? Because they were also catching cagers who were on the phone. Including the woman they pulled up beside me who was the stereotypical school-run mum in a 4WD and did herself no good at all by arguing with the officer and basically explaining that her need to finish her conversation which she'd started while the lights were red in a civil manner over-rode the law. I can wear 80 bucks every 6 months or so as the cost of doing business, but extra enforcement of the laws about phone driving can save my life or my skin. Totally worthwhile.