RACQ: Everyone deserves to feel safe at crossings

A white ute drives through a red light.
A white ute drives through a red light. Jonathan Reichard

I lost a good friend of mine when I was in high school after he was hit by a car that ran a red light.

It was a horrifying experience that has always stayed with me, and every time I'm at a pedestrian light, waiting for it to turn green, I'm reminded about just how much we rely on drivers to adhere to the red light and keep us safe.

We released data this week that showed more than 30,000 motorists were caught running a red light last year. That's 82 people breaking the law every day. It's a shocking statistic and one we hope drivers sit up and take notice.

Putting the pedal to the floor to beat a yellow light can have catastrophic consequences.

Anyone at the intersection, whether that's a pedestrian, cyclist, motorbike rider or just another car, is reliant on each other playing by the rules.

The law requires us to stop on the yellow light, if safe to do so, as it's the start of the red phase of the lights, not the end of the green phase.

If you find yourself speeding up to try make it, then you probably should have stopped in the first place.

You not only risk a $378 fine and three demerit points, you could kill someone. Trust me, it happens.

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