RUNING a red light can have serious consequences as thousands of people die in traffic accidents on intersections every year.
But even if there’s no accident, drivers can still get hefty fines and penalty points on their license.
Can I be fined for running a red light?
Traffic laws clearly state that driving through a red light is a serious liability violation.
Failure to comply with the rules will result in a minimum £100 fine and three penalty points.
But in more serious cases, the penalty can be increased to six penalty points and a maximum fine of £1,000.
Examples of more serious offences include causing an accident, speeding, or driving through a red light after a red light for an extended period of time.
Running a red light doesn’t always mean driving through an intersection at a red light – it’s also an offense if any part of the vehicle crosses the white stop line.
If the offense has been detected by a fixed camera, you can expect the Notice of Intended Prosecution to arrive in the mail within two weeks.
You will also be asked to identify the driver of the vehicle at the time the offense was committed.
If you don’t respond to the penalty notice or provide false details about the driver, the case could go to court and you could face a heavier penalty.
However, you can appeal the notice if you feel you have extenuating circumstances.
New traffic regulations that come into effect January 29 could land you a £1,000 fine – read all about the changes to the Highway Code.
Do traffic lights have cameras?
Traffic light (or red light) cameras can catch drivers running red lights.
Their sensors turn on when the light turns red, and they detect cars crossing an elevated stop line.
These cameras often also have built-in radar technology and can also catch “amber gamblers” – people driving speed up with amber light.
The camera will usually flash towards you to let you know it has recorded the offense, although this is not always the case.
And in some cases, motorists can face a fine even if they have stop in front of the light.
Highway Code Rule 178 states: “Some signal-controlled intersections have an elevated stop line to allow turns in a position in front of other traffic.
Motorcyclists, including motorcyclists, MUST stop at the first white line reached if the light is amber or red and should avoid blocking the road or encroaching on a marked area at times. another point, for example if the front junction is blocked.
“If your vehicle has crossed the first white line at the time the signal turns red, you MUST stop at the second white line, even if your vehicle is in the marked area.
“Allows cyclists to time and space travel when a green signal is visible.”
Did I fail my driving test because I ran a red light?
Not responding appropriately to traffic lights is one of the top reasons why motorists fail their driving test.
Whether minor or more serious, it will still be highlighted in the ‘Reaction to signs – Traffic lights’ section of the driving test report.
If the candidate does not stop at the red light, they will immediately fail.
This also applies to drivers crossing an elevated stop line or speeding at an amber light.
The key to making sure this doesn’t happen is to evaluate the traffic lights before you arrive and slow down as you approach.
If the light has been green for a while, it will most likely change as you approach.
You should always stop at the amber light, unless it is unsafe to do so or if you have already crossed the second stop line.
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