Failing to Stop at a red light
I have incurred a fixed penalty notice for Failing to stop at a red light. It was my opinion that a vehicle was so close to me that if I had stopped it would have resulted in an accident.
The lights had changed to Amber as I crossed the line and no other vehicle had started to move. I did not cause an accident or impede other motorists in this incident. Is this worth an appeal or do I take the 3 points and £60 fine?
You can only defend this allegation if you can cast a doubt on the suggestion that you went through on red. If the police are suggesting that you went through on amber (doubtful) then you can defend it if you can show that it was not safe to stop. If the police are saying it was red you will have to show the court that the lights were on amber and then raise your defence.
To challenge the case you have to take it to court and if you lose at court you have to be prepared for higher fines and court costs. So its a risk.
Have you got any points already? If so, how many?