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High level of cyclist and pedestrian compliance during Operation Pedro

Friday, 07 July 2017 11:05:36 AM

Police saw a high level of compliance by cyclists and pedestrians during a one-day operation aimed at cyclist and pedestrian safety within the Sydney CBD and surrounding suburbs yesterday.

Officers from the Traffic and Highway Patrol, along with Surry Hills, Sydney City, Redfern, Leichhardt, Newtown, Rose Bay, Kings Cross and Harbourside Local Area Commands conducted Operation Pedro, in the Sydney CBD yesterday.

The high-visibility operation ran from 6am to 6pm (Thursday 6 July 2017) with a primary focus on non-compliance by cyclists for helmet use, pedestrians not crossing safely and other offences.

Acting Assistant Commissioner Stuart Smith of the Traffic & Highway Patrol Command, said the aim of the operation was to raise awareness about road safety.

“ Already this year, we have seen 191 people die on our roads, including three cyclists and 26 pedestrians.

“We need everyone that uses our roads to take personal responsibility for their actions in order to reduce the number of deaths.

“While most people obey road rules, it is disheartening to see that people continue to ride without a helmet and disobey pedestrian lights.

“We make no apoligies for enforcing the rules as a deterant for those who choose to put their own lives and the lives of others at risk,” Acting Assistant Commissioner Smith said.

During the operation, the following infringementrs were issued:

Cyclists disobey traffic control lights – 50

Cyclists ride on footpath – 61

Cyclists not wear helmet – 56

Cyclists other offences – 34

Pedestrian offences – 31

Other traffic offences – 154