Yellow traffic lights mean slow down, not speed up!

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Senior Constable Rebecca McMeniman on 

Traffic signals are in place to keep people safe and to minimise delays at certain times of the day.

The yellow traffic signal has been put in place after the green to warn motorists that the traffic signal is about to turn red in approximately 4 – 6 seconds.

The yellow signal does not mean drivers should speed up and try to get through an intersection before the signal turns red.

If you are travelling at speed on the green light, this should give you sufficient time to stop safely at the intersection or even to proceed through to clear the intersection.

If you proceed through a yellow traffic light and had a reasonable amount of time to safely stop, you may be issued with a traffic infringement notice that carries the penalty of $400.

Please note that if you are riding a bicycle and fail to stop at a yellow traffic light when it is safe to do so, you may also incur the fine of $400.

 

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