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ignoring traffic signals


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Failing to comply with traffic signs, traffic lights, or road markings (Road Traffic Act 1988). A number of different offences are included in this category, all concerned with breaches of the rules relating to traffic signals as laid down in the Highway Code. All these offences are subject to a fine, endorsement (carrying 3 penalty points under the totting-up system), and disqualification at the discretion of the court. Sometimes charges may also be brought under the head of careless and inconsiderate driving or dangerous driving, depending on the circumstances. It is also an offence not to comply with road directions given by a uniformed police officer acting in the course of his duties or engaged in a traffic census or survey.

Prosecutions for ignoring traffic signals or police directions are subject to a notice of intended prosecution.

Subjects: Law.


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