Bike Black Spot blitz catches 400

Police caught more than 400 people breaking road rules during a road safety operation at bicycle crash black spots in Melbourne, according to a Victoria Police spokesman.

Pedestrians, drivers and cyclists caught as a result of the Operation Nora blitz were slapped with fines of up to $299.

During the two-day blitz, police caught 76 cyclists going through red lights, 147 pedestrians ignoring red lights and 59 motorists using mobile phones.

Police on bicycles, on foot and in vehicles mounted a lot of patrols on cyclist black-spot areas in the city centre, Carlton, Southbank and the Docklands concentrating on major intersections – with particular emphasis on the corners of Swanston and Flinders streets and the Harbour Esplanade and Collins Street.

Operation Nora involved police from the Bicycle Patrol Unit, Transit, Divisional Licensing Unit, Melbourne West, Melbourne North, Melbourne East, St Kilda Road and Caulfield.
Melbourne officer Senior Sergeant Andrew Falconer said the main aim of Operation Nora was to ensure that cyclists and drivers were riding and driving safely in and around Melbourne.

He was disappointed that 417 penalty notices were issued during the blitz compared with 136 during Operation Nora in November last year, which ran for three days.Eight cyclists were killed on Victorian roads last year, compared with six cyclist deaths in 2009.

Operation Nora ran from Monday, February 7 to Thursday, February 10.

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