Thursday, February 27, 2014

Cyclists Identification Red Light Running Call to identify cyclists to track those who run red lights, endangering other road users AdelaideNow 17.9.12

"A (South Australian) State Government spokeswoman said it was not considering bicycle registration because it may deter people from cycling."

"Identifying cyclists would deter those people from running red lights"
Pete Dowe

Call to identify cyclists to track those who run red lights, endangering other road users

Cyclist runs red light in Adelaide's CBD
A cyclist runs a red light in the Adelaide CBD. Picture: Sam Wundke Source: adelaidenow
CYCLISTS deliberately flouting road rules by running red lights and endangering other road users escape prosecution because they cannot be identified.
Red light camera photographic evidence provided by SA Police shows cyclists are snapped running through red lights but avoid any penalty - otherwise incurred by motorists - unless police are on the scene.
Police issued 690 fines to cyclists ignoring traffic signals from January 1, 2007, to December 31, 2011, but many more escaped the law.
As of July 1 this year, the fine for running a red light is $464, including a $60 victims of crime levy, and three demerit points.
It is unknown how many cyclists have run red light cameras and police said they did not want to clarify at what point or if cyclists were able to avoid detection.
Traffic Support Branch acting officer-in-charge Inspector Andrew Thiele said while many cyclists obeyed the road rules, some stopped at red lights, checked to see if it was clear, but then disobeyed the light and rode through the intersection.
Mr Thiele said the "particularly concerning" behaviour put cyclists at risk and created a dangerous environment for all road users.
"It is frustrating for all road users to see cyclists riding through red lights and deliberately flouting the road rules," he said.
"There is no number plate or similar form of identification on a bicycle and facial recognition is not possible because the traffic safety camera takes photographs from the rear."
Cyclists have a greater chance of being picked up for not wearing a helmet, with 14,798 fines handed out in the past five years. In the same period, 2207 were booked for not having the correct lighting and equipment.
RAA Road Safety senior manager Charles Mountain said cyclists should not be exempt from the same road rules that motorists had to abide by. He said running a red light was very dangerous.
Bicycle SA chief executive Christian Haag said it was working with the Australian Bicycle Council to review legislation, which included making bike lanes safer.
A State Government spokeswoman said it was not considering bicycle registration because it may deter people from cycling.

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