Southern Gazette (Belmont) - - OPINION -

THE first per­son caught and fined un­der the State Gov­ern­ment’s new leg­is­la­tion, en­forc­ing a safe dis­tance be­tween cars and cy­clists, will de­ter­mine how the pub­lic re­acts to the new rules. As of Novem­ber 30, mo­torists will have to keep at least 1m from cy­clists if they are driv­ing less than 60km/h and 1.5m if they’re driv­ing faster, or risk a $400 fine and loss of four de­merit points. There’s no doubt the con­cept of this new rule is flouted all over the WA and if en­forced, we can ex­pect some­one to be fined first thing Fri­day morn­ing on De­cem­ber 1. It will prove that the new rule is not just a piece of pa­per­work but an ac­tive law that can’t be ig­nored. So while they’re there, po­lice need to en­force current rules pro­tect­ing pedes­tri­ans and mo­torists from cy­clists flout­ing the rules. Ac­cord­ing to the De­part­ment of Trans­port… ‘When us­ing a pub­lic road all bi­cy­cle rid­ers must obey the same rules as other ve­hi­cles. The most com­mon rules in­clude those ap­ply­ing to traf­fic lights, stop signs, care­less and reck­less rid­ing, rid­ing un­der the in­flu­ence of al­co­hol and keep­ing left’. That means cy­clists need to stop at pedes­trian cross­ings, give way to the right at round­abouts and come to a com­plete stop at stop signs. These rules pro­tect cy­clists, mo­torists and pedes­tri­ans and most im­por­tantly save lives. They cur­rently, and never will, ap­pease the ten­sion be­tween the dif­fer­ent road users.

– Denise S. Cahill

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