Police will this week conduct Operation Don’t Do Your Dash, an intensive road safety operation targeted at pedestrians to reinforce the importance of pedestrian safety. Police are urging people to be more careful when crossing the road, and will be targeting pedestrians along some of Melbourne’s busiest intersections as part of the two-day operation. Aiming to reduce the number of pedestrian collisions, police will issue $60 on-the-spot fines to anyone failing to obey traffic lights or use the designated pedestrian crossings during the two day blitz. Alarmingly, in 2009 there were 243 pedestrian collisions in the Melbourne CBD, including two deaths and 75 serious injuries. The statistics show that pedestrian accidents involve all age groups and can occur at any time of the day. Last week a pedestrian ran against a red pedestrian light on Flinders Street and into the path of an oncoming tram. The 28 year-old Albion woman was dragged eight metres by the tram and was conveyed to the Alfred Hospital in a critical condition, sustaining head injuries. Acting Sergeant Tim Robinson said that the number of pedestrians who fail to take caution and obey traffic signals when crossing roads is far too high. “The number of pedestrian collisions is a major concern for us, and we will continue to conduct these road safety operations until pedestrians get the message,” said Sgt Robinson. “Statistics show that every 36 hours, a person will be hit and injured by a car while crossing the road. “The biggest tragedy of these collisions is that the majority of them could have been avoided as they occur simply due to pedestrians not obeying pedestrian traffic signals. “Pedestrians are one of the three main vulnerable road users and our aim is to prevent pedestrian collisions by making pedestrians aware of the risks. “Pedestrians need to take extra care when crossing the road and be aware that this is a real issue; it is their safety at stake.” Operation Don’t Do Your Dash will run on Wednesday and Thursday this week. Major intersections to be targeted will be around Elizabeth Street, Collins Street, Spencer Street, Swanson Street, Flinders Street, Bourke Street, Exhibition Street and William Street. They're aiming at these geniuses, but there was a motocop who seemed to be keeping an eye out for filtering this morning.