Town’s road has most driv­ers who DON’T see red

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - DANIELLE ROPER

AROAD in Mac­cles­field has been named the worst in the UK for driv­ers jump­ing red lights.

A shock re­port re­vealed 2,552 driv­ers - about seven a day - were caught run­ning red lights on the A523 Silk Road last year, more than any­where else in the coun­try.

The Silk Road, which runs from Bolling­ton to south Mac­cles­field, has five sets of traf­fic lights.

Det Insp Steve Grif­fiths, from Cheshire Po­lice, part of the roads polic­ing arm of the Task Force Unit, said driv­ers are tak­ing un­nec­es­sary risks and putting in­no­cent road users in dan­ger.

He said: “Any driver not com­ply­ing with a red traf­fic light is putting in­no­cent road users at risk.

“This data clearly shows that driv­ers tend to take the risk and run the red light de­spite putting them­selves and other road users at se­ri­ous risk and de­spite the like­li­hood of pros­e­cu­tion or fine.

“We will con­tinue to ed­u­cate and take ac­tion against those who drive dan­ger­ously on our roads.”

The Silk Road fig­ure was more than 800 higher than the sec­ond worst road, the A610 Nuthall Is­land in Not­ting­ham, with 1,700 recorded of­fences, and more than 1,000 higher than the third, the A167 Durham Road in Gateshead, with 1,543.

Mac­cles­field East ward coun­cil­lor and for­mer traf­fic po­lice­man Mick War­ren said he was not sur­prised by the fig­ures, but urged driv­ers not to take chances.

He said: “I see peo­ple go through red lights on the Silk Road all the time. Seven a day seems an un­der­es­ti­mate.

“You see that many in an hour, and it’s dan­ger­ous, espe­cially with the lights linked to pedes­trian cross­ings.

“If you hit a tod­dler at 20 miles an hour you could kill them.”

Mar­garet Roy­lance, re­cep­tion­ist at Arighi Bianci on the road, said: “I am shocked at that num­ber, that’s dan­ger­ous.”

Ac­cord­ing to Free­dom of In­for­ma­tion data ob­tained by the car in­sur­ance com­pany es­ure from 33 UK po­lice forces, 67,000 mo­torists were caught and given points for fail­ing to stop at traf­fic lights last year. Mac­cles­field Cen­tral ward coun- cil­lor Janet Jack­son said: “The fig­ures are a shock and it’s con­cern­ing peo­ple are not obey­ing the lights, which are there for a rea­son.”

The max­i­mum fine for run­ning a red light is £1,000 and three penalty points, but driv­ers of­ten re­ceive a Fixed Penalty No­tice - a fine of £100, and three penalty points.

●● The traf­fic lights on The Silk Road

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