Roads Police see red over driver behaviour

States of Jersey Police are warning motorists to stick to traffic light rules after 10 drivers were reported for jumping red lights at Gloucester Street junction in St Helier.

Officers carried out a roads policing operation in the town over 2 days, following concerns that drivers ignoring red lights were putting both motorists and pedestrians in danger.

Inspector Diane Wheeler said: "We have received complaints about traffic light violations in the area and carried out an initial assessment over two days. It highlighted a worrying number of offences being reported, 7 of them in just 1 hour.

"Jumping red lights is an extremely dangerous practice and one that can lead to serious injury. The traffic light system is there for a very good reason and we are warning motorists that we will be conducting ongoing operations over the coming weeks to target those drivers who continue to ignore the rules.

Concerns over driver behaviour at traffic lights comes as States of Jersey Police and the Road Safety Panel prepare for the launch of Road Safety Week, which gets underway on Monday (21 November).

The week's activities, which include pedestrian, cycling and motorcycle safety, as well as a focus on driving standards, are designed to encourage people to become better road users in all areas.

In addition to the specific road safety theme for each day, the internationally acclaimed "Too Much Punch for Judy theatre production will also be touring schools in Jersey throughout the week, highlighting the issues and tragic consequences of drink-driving.

The week's events round up with the Jackson's Driving Challenge, where the John Trafford Pro Drivers Cup will be presented to the winner on Saturday 26 November.


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