Think You Can Beat A Red Light? Think Again!

Thu 7th Feb 2019

New speed cameras are being trialled in the UK to catch drivers who speed up at traffic lights to avoid hitting a red light.

‘Amber Gamblers’ as they are known, will speed up at a junction, often beyond the speed limit of that road, in order to avoid being caught at a red light. Now drivers in Merseyside are part of a trial of ‘speed on green’ cameras which will catch both those drivers that speed through a junction and also jump red lights. The cameras are being trialled at high-risk junctions in the Liverpool region in the hope of reducing collisions.

There were 577 people killed or seriously injured on the road in Merseyside in 2017, with the majority of those occuring in 30mph zones.

“These cameras have the potential to improve safety on our roads by influencing the speed of drivers at junctions and reducing the risk of a crash,” said Jayne Eaton of the Safer Roads Unit at Merseyside Road Safety Partnership.
"However, we would prefer if the cameras were redundant and drivers drove responsibly and within the speed limits.
“By their very nature, junctions present an increased risk to drivers.
"A green traffic light signal can often create an unpredictable situation for a driver to deal with and it is vitally important that drivers drive at an appropriate speed, one which enables them to stop safely should the traffic lights change or a pedestrian step into the road.”

Five junictions in Leicester are also trialling the new ‘speed on green’ cameras.