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What is the offence?
It is an offence if you do not comply with a road traffic sign or road marking which is lawful and has been lawfully placed.
What about Traffic lights?
When a red or amber light alone is showing you cannot go over the stop line unless when the amber light is showing you have passed the stop line or you are so close it would be unsafe to stop.
The Highways Authority can install cameras at traffic lights. If you go through a red traffic light and you are caught on camera you will be sent a notice of intended prosecution within 14 days of the offence unless you are informed of the intended prosecution at the scene.
If you do cross the stop line when the traffic lights are red you will be guilty of the offence even if only part of your car is over the line.
You can receive a fine and 3 points on your licence. This can be done by imposing a fixed penalty notice for £100 and the 3 points or receiving a summons for court.
In some circumstances you may be offered a driving course. In this situation you will pay the course provider and attend the course, which normally last for half a day.
Do I have a defence?
These offences are classed as a strict liability offence, which means it doesn’t matter about your intention at the time. For example if you did not see the sign it is not a defence.
There are defences and other factors that can be taken into account.
- The sign was not lawful
- You acted in fear – duress
- You did not go through the red light
It may be that you dispute what an officer is saying so your case will be listed for a trial. You may have had reasons for crossing the stop line or not complying with the road traffic sign and a special reasons argument can be used to avoid points being put on your licence.
Please contact us if you have received a notice of intended prosecution and we can discuss your options.
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