‘Motorists must stop on a yellow light unless it is unsafe’

Drivers in the “Sunshine State” caught the fines for driving through orange traffic lights thanks to the little-known law, that is, it is actually illegal to run an orange light.

Motorists who do so, face the same penalty as for driving through a red traffic light — an amazing $378 fine, on top of three of the Flensburg points.

The misconception that it is legal to go through amber lights is widely used in Queensland, that more than 5,300 drivers were caught breaking the rule, since in 2015 with 128 infringement notices to the value of almost $ 50,000 issued in January 2018 alone.

Brisbane motorists have been the worst offender that is caught with 437, in 2017, compared with 349 in the southern region, and 311 in the Gold Coast and Logan areas.

A transport and main roads spokeswoman said The Courier-Mail – driver, broke a rule, risked being caught by police officers or traffic cameras.

“Drivers must stop on a yellow light, unless it is too dangerous to do so,” the spokeswoman said.

“If it is unsafe to stop, how close the light when changing from green to yellow, you can limit by the yellow light within the posted speed.”

The humble traffic light is causing a lot of confusion on Aussie roads. Image: iStock

The state’s peak motoring body supported the law, with the RACQ spokeswoman Renee Smith told The Courier-Mail that it was to keep road users.

“The yellow light of the rule is to show the light soon red rotate, so that the driver slow down and prepare to stop,” she said.

“It is not speed up a signal to make it through the intersection. This type of behavior is reckless and dangerous.

“The police would not have met issued money, if they were 50-50 calls. They have been blatant attempts to skip through the lights and it’s not.”

In Victoria, the VicRoads website States that for a yellow light, you have to stop, unless you can for sure not so.

NSW roads and Maritime services, but it also says: “Yellow (amber) means stop. You can enter the intersection if you are so close that sudden could cause the brakes to a crash.”

In South Australia, do not need to give the driver the intersection”, unless you are able to safely stop without being in the intersection or risking a rear-end crash with vehicles following you”, while the rules in the other States also appear to be similar.

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