Mike Stevens | Nov 17, 2010

Victoria Police are again blitzing cycling and driving offences this week, as Operation Nora kicks off in Melbourne's CBD.

Major intersections will be targeted by uniformed police and the Melbourne Bicycle Patrol Unit, with a particular focus on the corners where Latrobe Street and St Kilda Road intersect with Swanston Street.

Acting Senior Sergeant Robert Zussa of Melbourne West Police Station said the main aim of Operation Nora is to ensure cyclists and drivers are riding and driving safely around Melbourne’s CBD.

"Police will not only target offences committed by cyclists but also crack down on drivers compromising their safety,” Act Sen Sgt Zussa said.

“Reducing serious injury collisions is a high priority for police. And Operation Nora is just another way we can communicate the road safety message to the community.”

Police will focus on both drivers and cyclists disobeying traffic signs and lights, cyclists failing to wear a securely-fitted helmet, motorcyclists using bicycle lanes and vehicles stopping or parking illegally.

Failing to obey traffic signals will get you a $299 fine, and cyclists holding onto a moving vehicle or not wearing a helmet will be up for a $149 fine.

A similar operation in September saw police hand out 553 fines over four days.

So far this year, seven cyclists have been killed on Victoria’s roads, three more than this time last year.

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