Red light cameras to catch out drivers

CARELESS drivers who jump red lights could be caught on camera at junctions in Suffolk.

CARELESS drivers who jump red lights could be caught on camera at junctions in Suffolk.

A new initiative designed to snare reckless motorists could see traffic light cameras in several locations around the county.

And the Evening Star is asking readers to find the worst areas for jumping lights and expose the Red Devils guilty of doing it.

Last year 247 fixed penalty fines were handed out to drivers who disobeyed the law of the light and now a new programme is to be rolled out to cut the number of people who flout the law.

A spokesman for Suffolk County Council said: “We've started the ball rolling on a two-year programme which is currently in the early stages of development.

“The council has bid through the Local Transport Plan for red light cameras in several locations across the county.

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“There are about eight sites that have been singled out by the accident investigation priority site list which the council produces every year.

“The cameras have to be in places where red light jumping is linked to accidents, so there may well be other areas where traffic signal compliance is worse but doesn't cause as many crashes.”

It may save time on journeys to and from work and some impatient drivers may do it without thinking, but skipping a red light to save a couple of seconds could end someone's life.

Cathy Keeler, head of campaigns at the road safety charity, Brake, believes careless drivers put lives at risk.

She said: “Jumping red lights is illegal and extremely dangerous and contributes to crashes resulting in death and serious injury.

“It is incredibly important that all drivers wait their turn at traffic lights - even if the road ahead looks clear, it is simply not worth taking the risk.”

A new measure was introduced in London in July to cut the number of people killed or seriously injured by red light jumping.

Two people every week are killed or seriously injured on the capital's roads by people who don't obey traffic lights.

Motorists detected jumping a red light may now be given the choice of attending an instructive workshop rather than receiving a fixed penalty fine and points on their driving licence.

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