COMMENT & ANALYSIS: Motorists speeding up to run orange lights when they could stop and breaking red lights happens every few minutes of every day. So, why are we so blind to it?
We know it’s real — it’s why there’s opposition to red light traffic enforcement cammras around the world and it’s why on-street light rail, like Luas, keeps getting hit by motorists.
The results of motorists breaking red lights frequently kills and injuries pedestrians, cyclists and car users. The same can’t be said about jaywalking or cyclist’s version of jaywalking — that’s not to say it’s always harmless and it’s not to say reckless behaviour should not be stopped. It should be stopped. The the different in public and media reaction is stark.
Data from a red light cammra on Blackhall Place is conclusive: motorists break red at a higher level than cyclists, but now all data is being questioned. On Twitter, however, @CitizenW0lf continues to document the problem at different junctions in Dublin: here’s an example from yesterday:
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