Red light running risks lives every 20 minutes

The State’s peak motoring body has taken aim at drivers after it was revealed more than 26,000 drivers were caught by red light cameras in Queensland.

New data* obtained by RACQ revealed the top 10 worst intersections for drivers running a red light, with the Leopard Street and Stanley Street intersection in Woolloongabba recording the highest number of offences, with 1,703 people detected.

RACQ spokesperson Lauren Ritchie said across Queensland, a driver was caught running a red light every 20 minutes.

“It’s unfathomable just how many people are risking it all just to avoid having to stop for a few minutes at a red light,” Ms Ritchie said.

“The reality is, every time a driver runs the red, it’s not just other drivers who could be hurt, but pedestrians and cyclists too.”

Ms Ritchie said the camera at the intersection of the Gold Coast Highway and Margaret Avenue at Broadbeach recorded the second highest number of tickets issued with more than 1200 fines handed out.

“It’s clear too many motorists are choosing to run a yellow light to gain an extra few second and drivers need to know the road rules state, yellow means stop if safe to do so, not go faster,” she said.

“Drivers who fail to stop on a red signal risk a $400 fine and three demerit points.

“It’s not worth risking your life or someone else’s just so you can save a few seconds. It’s that simple.”