Traffic Light Workshops Introduced
Although running a red light is extremely dangerous, it has become common practice in this area. Collision figures reveal that, since the beginning of 2003, there have been over 350 collisions due to motorists running red lights. These crashes have resulted in 551 casualties; 3 of which were fatal. The problem is much bigger than this as there is no accounting for the number of unreported incidents and ‘near misses’ or, to put it another way, ‘near hits’. To address this problem, the Leicester, Leicestershire & Rutland Safety Camera Scheme is now offering an educational workshop to motorists detected disobeying a red light at the lowest level. The workshop aims to raise awareness of the dangers and risks of disobeying traffic signals, encourage better driving practice and reduce offences. The 2½ hour workshop is delivered by Approved Driving Instructors and road safety professionals. The Traffic Light Workshop, alongside the Speed Awareness Workshop, is delivered by Leicestershire County Council and it is an alternative to the fixed penalty of a £60 fine and 3 points against your licence.