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Victoria Police's Melbourne Traffic Management Unit has launched a one-day attack on heavily-tinted cars, setting up a road block in Carlton today to nab offending motorists. Dubbed Operation Clear View, the operation follows a number of recent collisions in the city involving vehicles with heavily-tinted windows. According to Leading Senior Constable Steve Hillman, the Melbourne CBD has the highest rate of collisions in the state, with many leading to injury for pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists. Ldg Sen Const Hillman did not indicate what proportion of these accidents were attributable to motorists. “We intend on checking a large number of vehicles for roadworthiness, in particular we will be checking the level of tint,” Ldg Sen Const Hillman said. “If we see any that are deemed un-roadworthy, we will issue a defect notice and request that the driver reduce that level of tint. “We are serious about enhancing road safety for our vulnerable road users, and this is one way we can do that.” He added that aggressive enforcement in the CBD has seen a 44 percent reduction in collisions over the same period last year. Read more: Operation Clear View Focusing On Heavy Tints In Melbourne Today | Reviews | Prices | Australian specifications www.themotorreport.com.au...
Originally posted by shamus78
Mate, I know how you feel. Last year the police here in WA (more specifically the southwest) had a month long blitz on... fishing rod holders.
Despite the soaring number of drunk drivers on our roads, big problems with speeding and the increase in drug related crimes (especially meth-amphetamine) - all of which have a huge impact on our society, the police spent a large amount of time and money pulling over anyone with a fishing rod holder on their car and gave them tickets for driving an unroadworthy vehicle, even if the car was perfect apart from having a small rod holder affixed to the bull bar. The reason given was for pedestrian safety, although their has never been a fatality (or even as far as I know an injury) associated specifically with these rod holders.
And to think I moved to WA to get away from East Coast politics like this. Guess that's why we're known as the nanny state.