The Shelburne Police Service regularly monitors traffic light controlled intersections, and numerous drivers are charged or warned in relation to infractions.
However, in response to several recent public complaints in regards to motorists running red and amber lights, the local police service will be holding a week long traffic light enforcement blitz. This traffic light enforcement blitz will take place from October 2nd to 8th. During this blitz, officers will dedicate daily enforcement at one or more of the four traffic light controlled intersections in town.
A common misconception is that there is no offence for driving into or through an intersection on an amber light. The law states that entering an intersection on an amber light is only acceptable if it is not safe to stop. Another words, an amber light means ‘stop’, unless it is unsafe to do so. This also means that accelerating to try and beat the red light is not acceptable.
Another dangerous habit some drivers have, is anticipating the light turning green. These drivers watch the opposing direction turn amber or red, and start accelerating into the intersection before their light turns green.
The potential of a serious collision is significantly increased when one driver is trying beat the red, and another driver prematurely anticipates their green.
Everyone’s safety should be every driver’s priority. Traffic light controlled intersections are often busy locations with all types of motor vehicles, as well as pedestrians and cyclists trying to navigate through.
Here are some of the most common offences in relation to traffic light controlled intersections:
- Red Light – Fail to Stop: 3 Demerit Points, $325.00 Fine ($490.00 in a community safety zone)
- Amber Light – Fail to Stop: 3 Demerit Points, $180.00 Fine ($365.00 in community safety zone)
- Red light – Proceed before green: 3 Demerit Points, $325.00 Fine ($490.00 in community safety zone)