Police target pedestrian safety

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As part of Rail Safety Week, ACT Policing is conducting high visibility patrols at busy foot traffic intersections.

Yesterday (Tuesday, 13 August 2019), in a one hour period at the intersection of Northbourne Avenue and Barry Drive/Cooyong Street, uniformed police fined nine people for walking against the pedestrian lights.

Today, much to the dismay of police, more than double that number of people were fined at the same intersection.

Acting Officer in Charge of Traffic, Stephen Booth said people’s behaviour was unacceptable.

“Crossing the road against the lights is both irresponsible and dangerous. We are frustrated that people are not only ignoring the signals but they are doing it in front of a highly visible police presence,” he said.

“If the pedestrian lights show a red light and you have not already started crossing the intersection, you must stop and wait until the pedestrian light changes to green. People who choose to cross against red lights may be handed a fine of $151.”

Police will continue to conduct the high visibility patrols throughout this week.

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Police Media — (02) 5126 9070, act-police-media@afp.gov.au