I'm putting it here rather than in Politics etc. since there is no motorcycle content. http://www.theage.com.au/national/jail-threat-for-dangerous-cyclists-20090618-cird.html Jail threat for dangerous cyclists Clay Lucas June 18, 2009 - 12:37PM Cyclists found to have killed or seriously injured a pedestrian will face penalties of up to five years in jail or a $68,000 fine, after tough new laws came into effect today. "Cyclists need to recognise that, if they do occasion damage, they have responsibilities. They do need to stop,'' said Roads Minister Tim Pallas said, launching the new laws this morning at a Bourke Street bicycle shop. The new penalties, he said, would help police tackle reckless riding by cyclists, and reduce the likelihood of pedestrians, other cyclists or drivers suffering serious injury. "We're driving home to cyclists the need for them to obey road laws or be punished,'' he said. Cyclists would now be on a similar footing to motorists if they are charged with serious traffic offences, he said. "Cycling is becoming a legitimate form of transport,'' Mr Pallas said. "But (with the recognition) that this is an important means of transport comes increased responsibility. This Government will come down hard on bad behaviour because there is a real consequence.'' Over the last decade, two pedestrians have been killed by cyclists. James Gould, 77, was killed in Mentone in 2006 by a cyclist on the controversial Hell Ride. Another pedestrian died in 2000 when she was hit by a cyclist running a red light. The Brumby Government was spurred into action after cyclist William Raisin-Shaw was fined just $400 for colliding with Mr Gould. The new maximum penalties under the laws, which come into force today, include: * $284 or seven days' prison if property is damaged by a cyclist and the rider does not immediately stopp and offer assistance * $13,610 or prison for 12 months, or both, for dangerous riding * $681 for careless riding * $68,052 or five years in prison if a person is killed or seriously injured by a cyclist and the rider does not immediately stop and offer assistance Under previous bicycle laws, cyclists could only be fined up to $567 for riding in a dangerous, careless or reckless manner. All penalties are effective today, except those for the new careless riding law, which will come into force later this year.