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Distance between traffic light signals
Would you be able to tell me the legal distance between 2 sets of traffic lights? Is there any chance of 2 sets of lights being too close together?
The distance between two traffic signals depend on the type of road and the speed limit. If you introduce a traffic signal too close to another one on a fast lane, then there would be a lot of crashes I guess.
Traffic lights are placed at junctions to help traffic flow easily. So if 2 junctions are close to each other, then you could potentially have 2 set of traffic lights so near that it causes problems to stop safely. Please refer to the following government links for more information:
- Traffic Signs Regulations and General Directions 2002
- Design Standards for Signal Schemes in London
- Temporary Traffic Signals
From the sound of it, it seems that you had an accident or jumped a red light because the traffic lights were too close. Is that correct? Do you want to tell me more about it?
I have received notification of passing a red light (at 15mph). I did stop but just over the line. While approaching the 1st set of lights they were green but ahead of these (say three car lengths) was another set which were already RED so I had already slowed down but was so close to both sets that I wasn't expecting the 1st set to turn red at the same time. Would be good to know what you think?
Traffic lights must be a safe distance apart so that you can easily stop when necessary. You may have been wrongly caught by the camera but this is difficult to prove. If you want to fight back, then you can ask that they check that the camera is in good working condition and see if other people have been caught by the same camera as well. If that's the case, then the camera may be faulty and you have grounds for a legal battle. You can also challenge your council that the two sets of traffic lights are too close. It is really upto you how far you want to take it and what you are willing to risk to prove your innocence (solicitor fees, stress etc).
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