Sorry - but it's all wrong and using a phone or running reds SHOULD be crimes, and quite frankly I wonder why cyclists put themselves at risk of injury by doing the above!
Bottom line for me - I'm a vulnerable road user on a bike - so I play by the rules and hope drivers do too. They sometimes don't, I can have a pop at them knowing I've done my part to the best of my ability- no-one wins when it's a tit-for-tat game.
There are careless drivers and careless cyclists - the only difference is that a careless driver can kill with their car, a cyclist will more than likely just harm themselves. We should play by the rules - and the rules should be enforced on ALL road users.
This pretty much sums it up for me.
As a popo who investigate fatal and life altering collisions I can see why there is sometimes a need for more, seemingly draconian measure than the traditional stern word of advice. Lets face it, we know that speeding, using your mobile whilst driving, drink drive & not wearing you seatbelt are all unlawful, yet the sheer amount of people who choose to do these is staggering.
Do we know if this area has seen an uprise in cycling related collisions, complaints etc? if so, the local commander would be heavily criticised if he ignored an issue like that.
I cycle to work most days and the behaviour of some cyclists still amazes me; I might add that the worst offenders are those who look like fairly serious riders, and not the old bloke on his way to the factory.
There's generally only one person who gets hurt in a collision involving a cyclist; if issuing a ticket/fine makes a cyclist think twice about his or her behaviour then it was probably worth issuing that ticket.