Motorists warned of light-jumping cyclists
15 May 2012
Motorists are being warned to be extra vigilant while driving alongside cyclists as a new survey has found that many are jumping red lights.
Research by the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) revealed that 57 per cent of cyclists have admitted to jumping a red light in the past with 38 per cent claiming that they are attempting to get ahead of traffic.
However, 54 per cent of cyclists believe that bike riders should stick to the Highway Code at junctions so that they are not causing a hazard for other road users who are on that same stretch of highway.
Simon Best, chief executive of the IAM, said: "Changes to road layouts and junctions can improve safety for cyclists, but no junction will ever be safe for those who continue to jump red lights. It's dangerous and illegal."
Many councils across the country are slashing their road safety budgets by as much as 15 per cent, according to the IAM, which has seen a reduction in rehabilitation courses for driving offenders.
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