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17 Aug 2011

It’s really good to know that so many people obey laws relating to traffic lights in this country… Not.

We were shocked recently to find out 85 per cent of motorists have sped through an amber light to cut time off their journeys. We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: why is this country in such a rush that it often disregards basic safety?

The research, from Thrifty Car and Van Rental, saw 3,000 motorists from across the UK surveyed about their attitude to amber lights. Almost four out of ten stated that they would rarely stop when faced with an amber light, with 16 percent confessing that they treat an amber light as if it was green.

Erm, why? Are we dealing with a nation of colour blindness here?

Crossing a traffic light while it is on amber, about to turn to red, is a moving traffic offence, unless the driver can show that it was unsafe to stop. However, 35 per cent of motorists were unaware that this is illegal, and carries the threat of penalty points and a fine.

Running an amber light can place road users in danger, with 13 percent of motorists being involved in an accident or near miss because of ‘amber gamblers’. Almost a quarter of respondents admitted to being sworn at or beeped by another driver and half said that a passenger had shouted at them.

We’re not surprised! We know the difference between an annoying backseat driver and providing sensible advice, especially when it comes to road safety.

Gambling with amber is a risk simply not worth taking. So, we’ve come up with a new memorable acronym for how to approach this problem if any doubt whatsoever as to the exact rules: OGOG.

Only go on green.


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