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Good Evening, I was recently stopped for alledgedly contravening a red light. The lights were at roadworks on the left side of the carriageway, I had committed myself to the right to pass through and the lights turned to orange. At this point I would have had to brake hard and swerve to stop so carried on through in the full knowledge that I had a police car behind me. I was pulled over and asked why I went through on red and I replied that the light was orange. The officer issued me with a report paper saying it would go to court. There was no video footage on the police car. I drive a motability car so points are not an issue for me and neither is a fine but I cannot see how the officer can prove to a court how I went through a red light when I didn't?! I could take the easy way out and take a retraining course if offered or points and fine but if I was to plead guilty I would be committing perjury. Any advice would be helpful, many thanks Richard XXXXX
My point was that it was not safe to stop on orange, I know that if it's not safe to stop then you proceed through.....lawfully. I don't dispute the orange, I disagree with officers version of it being red.
I understand the law on orange lights but as I was committed to the right hand side of the road to pass the roadworks I deemed it unsafe to stop. I can understand that the law is as it is for conventional lights but for temporary lights where you need to go through on the wrong side of the road, I had to decide whether I could safely stop. I don't believe I could have.