This just goes to show the VicPol mentality, but they are going to enforce shared road user responsibility. This also means that they will be at key metro locations and are likely to be writing out tickets for filtering... You've been warned. = = = = http://vicpolicenews.com.au/news/2732-road-to-respect.html Road to respect Tuesday, 11 February 2014 09:17 No vehicle has a monopoly on Victoria’s roads – everyone travelling on foot or four wheels, bicycle or motorcycle has the right to travel safely. That’s the message police are hoping to spread as they launch their newest operation to tackle road trauma – Operation Amulet. The initiative seeks to promote the safety of vulnerable road users, including motorcyclists, cyclists and pedestrians which are traditionally over-represented in road trauma. Police intelligence for the month of February over the past five years showed that cyclists were particularly prone to collisions, accounting for more than half of all crashes involving vulnerable road users in inner Melbourne. Cyclists along the popular weekend Beach Road route from Port Melbourne to Frankston fared even worse, with cyclists involved in three-quarters of vulnerable road user collisions in the past five years. Sergeant Arty Lavos, State Bicycle and Vulnerable Road Users Coordinator said failure to give way, disobeying traffic signals and speed were among the most common causes of collisions involving cyclists, motorcyclists and pedestrians. “Many collisions occur at intersections where drivers fail to give way to cyclists or pedestrians, particularly when turning right. “We also see crashes happen when drivers and passengers open car doors into the path of an oncoming cyclist.” Sgt Lavos said collisions also occurred when cyclists rode more than two abreast or disobeyed lane markings and traffic signals, putting lives at risk. Pedestrians all too often diced with death by crossing against red signals and away from designated crossings. “We need to change the culture where people believe it’s every person for himself on the roads,” Sgt Lavos said. “Whether you’re a driver, a cyclist or a pedestrian, everyone has a right to expect to travel safely on our roads. “We’re all part of the same community and we need to work together to make the roads safer for everyone. “This operation is not about casting blame – it’s about raising awareness of the dangers faced by our vulnerable road users and how each of us can contribute to a solution.” Road safety expert Bruce Corben said both drivers and pedestrians needed to take responsibility for their conduct on the road. “Pedestrians, cyclists and others lacking protection in traffic must be highly focused about their responsibilities when mixing with the wide array of vehicle types commonly encountered on city streets,” he said. Police from the State Highway Patrol, Bicycle Squad, Solo Unit, local police stations and the Operations Response Unit will be deployed to collision hotspots this month to enforce the road rules and promote the safety of all road users. Areas targeted include the Melbourne, Boroondara, Stonnington, Port Phillip and Yarra Police Service Areas. Police will also be out in force along the popular Beach Road strip from Port Melbourne to Frankston, known as route 33, on selected weekends.