In a bold new measure aimed at reducing road rage and increasing camaraderie among drivers, the City of Greater Bendigo has passed a law requiring all drivers to flip the bird at traffic intersections.

According to Mayor Cr Andrea Metcalf, the new rule is intended to create a sense of unity among drivers, who often feel isolated and alone behind the wheel. “We’ve all been there, stuck in traffic, feeling frustrated and alone,” the mayor said in a statement. “But now, with this new law, we’ll all be able to share in that feeling of camaraderie and solidarity as we flip each other off at every intersection.”

Under the new law, failure to flip the bird at an intersection could result in a fine of up to $500. But many drivers are embracing the new rule, with some even calling it “a breath of fresh air.”

“I love it,” said Eaglehawk resident Shane Jefferies. “It’s a great way to let off steam and connect with other drivers. I’ve already made several new friends just by flipping the bird at them.”

Bendigo city council is also considering additional measures to further promote unity among drivers, such as mandatory honking at red lights and a “thumbs up” sign at stop signs.

“We’re always looking for ways to bring our community together,” the mayor said. “And we believe that flipping the bird at traffic intersections is just the first step.”

The new law is set to take effect next month, and the city council is urging all drivers to start practising their bird-flipping skills now in order to be prepared.”