AS THE Christmas rush intensifies and as we all make our last minute preparations for the festive season, safety campaigners are again asking motorists to watch their speed and to respect traffic signals, particularly at busy junctions.
Running a red light is especially dangerous and South Ayrshire Council, in partnership with Strathclyde Safety Camera Partnership, is again raising the issue, advising that people should obey traffic signals at all times.
Local monitoring has shown that too many drivers take an unacceptable risk by running the red lights, particularly at the busy junction on Whitletts Road at the McDonald’s/Tesco.
More worryingly, this trend is most noticeable between 3pm to 5pm on weekdays – the very time that lots of school children are crossing the road in that area.
Councillor John McDowall, Sustainability and Environment Portfolio Holder said: “Traffic light signals are there to save lives. Please, don’t put your life and the lives of others at risk by running a red light – it is just not worth it.”
Gladys Cadden from the Strathclyde Safety Camera Partnership said hundreds of offenders have already been fined and had points on their licences after driving through red lights at Whitletts Road.
“However, these penalties are nothing compared to the grief and anguish a driver or a family will have to live with if their actions lead to the death or injury of another person.”
Councillor McDowall concluded: “Traffic signals have to be obeyed to keep everyone safe, so please, see the light and respect the red.”