The law is very strict when it comes to crossing an amber or red light. The law states that it is the drivers' obligation to stop at a set of traffic lights unless the light is green. The driver must continue to travel only when they have already crossed the white line or that coming to a stop is likely to cause an accident.
When should I stop?
There is a complicated mathematical method of working out the point of no return in regards to being too close to the traffic lights, however, in time you should be able to decide whether it is safe to go or not.
What to do when approaching any traffic lights
How long will the amber light stay on for?
As a general rule of thumb, the amber light on any traffic light usually stays on 1 second longer per 10 miles an hour increase in speed.
Running a red or amber light
Going through a red light is very dangerous but travelling through an amber light can be as bad. On fast moving roads the amber light usually turns red just as the other set of traffic light turns green. This means if someone accelerates through an amber light, it is quite possible for the light to turn red and then face oncoming traffic.
You have an incredibly fast car, you think you will be able to be quick enough to escape any traffic that may be joining your road. Is it worth getting a ticket? In the UK the fine is usually 3 point penalty places on the drivers licence and £100. Although if there is an incident or you fight the amber/red light conviction in court, it may be possible for a greater fine to be established and given to you.
What to do when a light turns amber
The best idea if you see a green light turning amber is to check your mirrors and safely come to a stop behind the white line.
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