If you’re doing the most dangerous manoeuvre against the rule of lights, you’ll be named “Amber Gambler,” or a traffic light warrior or a red light runner. These are all nicknames of colours but they’ll definitely make a serious threat to your driving career. If you go through a red traffic light, you’ve done one of the most dangerous driving manoeuvres, thus you’re putting yourself and other road users at risk.
A study shows that in every 20 minutes, one driver in the United Kingdom (UK) runs a red light. This means that every hour, there are around three potentially fatal or serious collisions being risked on the Britain’s road networks.
The study further revealed that whilst almost every motorist said they thought passing through a red light is extremely reckless and dangerous, around one third of them admitted to have done it at some point as pushed by some circumstances.
Here are the facts that you should learn about all the dangers of this offence. Number one is the law that is equally applied to all road users, that includes the cyclists who are amongst the many offenders who run the red lights. They’re not supposed to do such an offence because cyclists are one of the most vulnerable road users.
According to the study, amongst the motorists on the road who are most likely to be running a red traffic light are: (1.) those influenced by alcoholic drinks (2.) young drivers.
With those under the influence of alcohol, their case is simply not being fit to drive, however with young drivers, it’s always a case of over confidence coupled with no such understanding of how traffic signals are phased for safety of road users.
In Britain, all traffic lights work on the same sequence – (1.) red (2.) red-amber (3.) green (4.) amber. Most importantly, it’s the single amber light that’s the most vital warning to the motorists.
Whilst a single red light is an instruction to stop at the line being indicated, the sole amber light on the other hand, tells motorists to be prepared for stopping before the white line. You must only proceed through an amber light in case you already have crossed the stop line or when you’re very close to it when it appears first that it may cause an accident if in time you’ll try to stop sharply.
The problem for a large number of motorists in UK could arise from them who think an amber light is the green light’s secondary stage rather than the red light’s first stage. It‘s not actually a signal for them to speed up in getting through before the appearance of red light.
This is the penalty for this offence that you must be aware of. Running the red lights is a fool approach that could land you with a police fixed penalty notice of £100 and three points on your licence. The offence will also carry a code TS10 to appear on your licence that will affect your insurance premium to get higher than usual.
The worse will happen to you if the police will deem the offence you’ve committed has resulted to a serious collision, you’ll face a fine of up to £1,000 and a greater number of points on your driving licence or you’ll be disqualified for a lifetime from driving lesson Liverpool.