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'Don't speed up to beat the lights,' drivers warned

New cameras have been fitted at traffic light locations Credit: ITV

If you speed through traffic lights you could now face a £100 fine and three points on your licence. You could also kill yourself or someone else.

This is the message being issued by the Sussex Safer Roads Partnership as part of a new road safety initiative.

At the beginning of 2019, Sussex saw the first deployment of the new digital upgrade to its red-light safety camera systems, which are located at well-used junctions in Brighton and Hove.

The new cameras enable the following: continued enforcement of red-light offences; new enforcement of speed limits, even where the lights are green.

Sussex Safer Roads Partnership’s Safety Camera Team, in conjunction with Brighton and Hove City Council, who purchased the technology, have deployed the camera at two locations in the city so far – the Old Shoreham Road junction with Nevill Road, and the Coldean Lane junction with Lewes Road.

Red-light enforcement cameras were previously installed at these busy road junctions to reduce the risk of collisions.

Over the last week at Coledean Lane, it has become clear that many drivers are willing to risk not only theirs, but other road users’ safety by speeding up to beat the changing lights. The approach to the junctions are clearly marked with safety camera warning signage and the camera housings are clearly visible from the roadside.

Sussex Safer Roads Partnership is urging all drivers to slow down, don’t take the risk, and drive to arrive. This technology will continue to be deployed across the whole of Sussex where there are red-light cameras fitted.

More information on safety cameras can be found here.