Campaigners back plans to Fine Red Light Jumping Cyclists

Campaigners in Cambridge have backed council plans to fine cyclists that jump red lights.

If the new laws are introduced council workers will have the power to hand out fines to those caught riding through red lights. 

Campaigners in Cambridge have backed council plans to fine cyclists that jump red lights.

If the new laws are introduced council workers will have the power to hand out fines to those caught riding through red lights. 

The council are now in talks with the Cambridgeshire police force to see if powers can be passed on to their employees. 

A campaign spokesperson said: “Cambridge Cycling Campaign will always support the better enforcement of road traffic law.

“We would wish full police officers to better support such work as it, in general, can be only they who can deal with moving vehicle offences, such as those at traffic lights.

“Detailed studies in London of failures to obey junction priority, including lights, show that far more people on foot or on bike are injured by drivers of motor vehicles than by those on bikes.

“We would like to see civil enforcement officers able to issue fixed penalty notices for a wider range of offences, as should be possible under existing legislation, but that does not include those which are endorsable offences such as those at lights.”

The campaigners have also called for the introduction of ‘smart’ traffic light signals for cyclists and pedestrians. 

These lights monitor traffic volumes and alter timings of lights accordingly.

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