Apparently I've been jumping red lights forever

Apparently I've been jumping red lights forever

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ndreaw

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20 posts

15 months

Saturday 20th July 2019
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If I'm stopped at a red light, I go the second the amber illuminates. I don't wait for green, and I never noticed anyone else doing it differently to me. From reading a dash cam thread in another part of the forum people are bashing the driver for going on amber instead of green.
Have I really been doing it wrong this entire time?? I must have been doing it around police cars at some point, and have gone through MANY red light cameras without any issue.

fttm

2,023 posts

90 months

Saturday 20th July 2019
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ndreaw said:
If I'm stopped at a red light, I go the second the amber illuminates. I don't wait for green, and I never noticed anyone else doing it differently to me. From reading a dash cam thread in another part of the forum people are bashing the driver for going on amber instead of green.
Have I really been doing it wrong this entire time?? I must have been doing it around police cars at some point, and have gone through MANY red light cameras without any issue.


How clever of you rolleyes

ndreaw

Original Poster:

20 posts

15 months

Saturday 20th July 2019
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fttm said:
How clever of you rolleyes
Just looking for serious input on whether this is actually wrong. I learned to drive in London and you'd just get honked at if you waited for the green.

NGee

697 posts

119 months

Saturday 20th July 2019
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Maybe you should buy yourself a copy of the Highway Code - you obviously need one!

M4cruiser

2,056 posts

105 months

Saturday 20th July 2019
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ndreaw said:
fttm said:
How clever of you rolleyes
Just looking for serious input on whether this is actually wrong. I learned to drive in London and you'd just get honked at if you waited for the green.
Serious input: Of course it's wrong to go when the red is showing. It says that somewhere in the Highway Code.

Is this a serious thread!???? eekbiggrin

Whilst on the subject, what's everyone's view on why we still have a red-and-amber phase at all, when some countries don't?

giantdefy

499 posts

68 months

Saturday 20th July 2019
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ndreaw said:
Just looking for serious input on whether this is actually wrong. I learned to drive in London and you'd just get honked at if you waited for the green.
I never go on amber and definitely would not do it in London. All you need is a 'it's amber so I can go' to meet a 'its only a bit red so go' (v common in London) to meet.

ndreaw

Original Poster:

20 posts

15 months

Saturday 20th July 2019
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giantdefy said:
I never go on amber and definitely would not do it in London. All you need is a 'it's amber so I can go' to meet a 'its only a bit red so go' (v common in London) to meet.
It's a lot worse than "it's a bit red so go" in London - I walked up to a pedestrian crossing the other week when I was down there that had been showing a green man for a couple of seconds, crossed and when I was in the middle of the road almost got ran over by a woman in a leased AMG trim A class. I gave the car a good whack though.

garyhun

29,183 posts

183 months

Saturday 20th July 2019
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You can proceed on flashing amber, not on fixed amber.

WonkeyDonkey

903 posts

58 months

Saturday 20th July 2019
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I think the people slated the DCW because he floored it on amber to almost run into someone else still crossing a junction.

Jonnny

29,008 posts

144 months

Saturday 20th July 2019
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Amber to Green is what, 1 second? Can't see it making much difference unless you're in a Tesla or Bugatti.

My 60hp Polo takes more than the Amber>Green time to even start moving.. I start lifting the clutch, off brake at Amber.

Cliftonite

7,342 posts

93 months

Saturday 20th July 2019
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M4cruiser said:
Serious input: Of course it's wrong to go when the red is showing. It says that somewhere in the Highway Code.

Is this a serious thread!???? eekbiggrin

Whilst on the subject, what's everyone's view on why we still have a red-and-amber phase at all, when some countries don't?
Omission of the red-and-amber phase was trialled in Northampton (and perhaps elsewhere) some decades ago (circa 1970?) but clearly did not lead to changes.



meatballs

1,005 posts

15 months

Saturday 20th July 2019
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ndreaw said:
If I'm stopped at a red light, I go the second the amber illuminates. I don't wait for green, and I never noticed anyone else doing it differently to me. From reading a dash cam thread in another part of the forum people are bashing the driver for going on amber instead of green.
Have I really been doing it wrong this entire time?? I must have been doing it around police cars at some point, and have gone through MANY red light cameras without any issue.
Oh my. How long have you been driving?

You know it doesn't go amber after red right?

mac96

1,650 posts

98 months

Saturday 20th July 2019
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It's quite clear really- green means go; red and amber means it will soon be green so wake up,but stay stopped.
Nevertheless at many junctions with good visibility, starting to creep on red and amber may not actually matter- but why take the risk, it will save you, what, 2 seconds?
OP's example from the dashcam thread showed someone accelerating firmly away on red and amber to deliberately create a near miss for dash cam footage, or for the fun of scaring the other driver. Looked like dangerous driving, not just light running.

SS2.

11,984 posts

193 months

Saturday 20th July 2019
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ndreaw said:
If I'm stopped at a red light, I go the second the amber illuminates.
3 points & £100 waiting to happen.

JungTheForeman

24 posts

42 months

Saturday 20th July 2019
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For reference the clip in question is this: https://youtu.be/gHXsXP1OXqI?t=104


flashbang

583 posts

29 months

Saturday 20th July 2019
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Red and Amber together after red means stop. If you want help with the delay to green, when its red, handbrake on and into neutral. When it's red and Amber, by the time you engage gear and take handbrake off, it should be green.

ndreaw

Original Poster:

20 posts

15 months

Saturday 20th July 2019
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SS2. said:
3 points & £100 waiting to happen.
its been years and i'm still waiting for my points and fine

Pica-Pica

7,081 posts

39 months

Saturday 20th July 2019
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Nobody can ever ‘go on amber’, because in that phase there is always a ‘red and amber’ showing. With the red still showing with the amber, it is not therefore a signal to go. I have driven far and wide, and always wait for the green before I pass the stop line. Never once in all my years driving have I been ‘honked’ for that.

(Try going on red and amber, and you may get T-boned by a ‘red runner’, from right or left)

ndreaw

Original Poster:

20 posts

15 months

Saturday 20th July 2019
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I'm starting to second-guess myself, I think I might have just completely forgotten what I actually do, and don't actually go on amber. As people have pointed out, the red must be showing as well, and I wouldn't be going on red.
Weekends aren't good for my brain, too much lying around.

Wilmslowboy

2,909 posts

161 months

Saturday 20th July 2019
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It's fine until you meet your twin.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H4TDEPP1R9Q




  • Amber gambler" for those of us a bit older biggrin