This would definitely seem to be the case. The last ticket I had issued directly by a police officer was about 25 years ago! (Yep, it can be done). Picture a wet evening, driving along Burke Rd traveling south toward Camberwell Junction (in Melbourne). As I approached the intersection, the lights changed to yellow and the car in front applied its brakes. I judged the situation to be such that I could not stop without hitting the car in front, so I pulled right and accelerated through the intersection ON THE YELLOW, but without going over the 60kph limit. Over the other side, I was pulled over by a MARKED police car which had been behind me, and booked for careless driving. Their argument was that I should have been travelling at substantially less than the speed limit because of the road conditions. If I had been, then I would not have been in the situation of possibly hitting the car ahead (my argument for swerving past). The thing which drew their attention to my car was that I had a baby cage (one of those folding wooden prisons) strapped to the roof rack, and when they stopped me and looked in the car there were two babies in car seats On reflection, they were probably right!