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Temp red light stuck

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Jessie1995 · 04/07/2023 10:03

I am quite an anxious driver always stick to speed limits and rules ( I know everyone makes mistakes haha but I try too!) anyway
today when driving I was at a temporary set of traffic lights waiting. I had 3 cars infront of me and a queue was forming behind me. The other side of traffic coming our way came past 3 x and we were sat waiting for about 5 mins our light still stuck on red! So the car at the front went through and I was so hestistant to go through or not as like I said I hate doing things wrong!! But we were sat there a long time with them clearly not working!!
around 10 cars behind me also followed through behind me and when I went past the other sides lights were on red so it would have been our turn to go!
I will also add you could see the other side it wasn’t on a blind bend etc so was safe!

anyway anybody ever been in this situation before? Will I get in trouble??

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DustyLee123 · 04/07/2023 10:04

No you won’t get in trouble.

SheWontSheCantShesLeft · 04/07/2023 10:06

Oh god - that’s terrifying. I learnt to drive late (mid 30s) and this has happened to me a couple of times. Once I was the person at the front so I had to make the call to go through the light 😮Didnt get in trouble either time.

catmania · 04/07/2023 11:18

On some sets of lights especially temporary ones they operate on a sensor, so if you don't pull up close enough they wont detect a vehicle and stay on red.

LittleLegsKeepGoing · 04/07/2023 11:53

It does happen, and it's horrible being the car at the front when it is. Just follow the highway code and proceed with caution is all you can do really.

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