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Police have cracked down on pedestrian behaviour around Sydney’s new light rail route with hundreds of people copping fines for breaking one crucial rule.
Between December 2019 and January 2020 NSW Police conducted a Pedestrian Compliance Operation around the light rail route in the CBD and Kensington areas.
As a result of that operation 253 infringements were issued to people for not complying with traffic signals.
This type of offence results in an on-the-spot fine of $76, with police saying the operation is aimed at reducing the risk of injury to pedestrians.
Police have been cracking down on pedestrians disobeying traffic signals near the new light rail route. Picture: Simon Bullard/Daily TelegraphSource:News Corp Australia
More than 250 infringements were handed out during the month-long crackdown. Picture: Simon Bullard/Daily TelegraphSource:News Corp Australia
“This operation aims to reduce the risk of collisions involving pedestrians through education and enforcement at locations identified as high-risk areas,” NSW Police said.
“So far this year, three pedestrians have died on NSW roads.”
A photo of a woman being issued a fine by an officer at a light rail crossing outside Central Station was posted to Reddit on Monday, sparking a debate about whether handing out fines was fair.
Many users claimed it was “revenue raising” and that police should be issuing warnings instead of fines.
“But how about issuing warnings instead of fines? Surely that will get the point across just as well?” one person asked
This article first appeared on www.news.com.au
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