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Traffic lights and the law

Many drivers are confused as to the exact law on traffic lights. The problem is with amber lights as the law treats an amber light exactly the same as a red one, meaning you should stop. The only exception is if the lights change when you are so near that you could not reasonably stop without either crossing the line or endangering other motorists.

The so-called ‘amber gamblers’, who speed up to get through before it turns red, really are taking a gamble. If any part of your vehicle, even a tow bar, is behind the line when the lights change to red, then the camera will trigger and you will be prosecuted. Lights that change as you approach may be frustrating, but not as frustrating as a three point penalty, a £60 fine and an increase in your car insurance premium.