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Red light infringement? Help

By alex0202 - 26 January 2011 20

Okay, I was stopped at a red light on Yamba Drive at the traffic lights at the Yamba Drive/ Hindmarsh Drive intersection, intending to travel straight through the intersection (towards the hospital). 

I was not paying full attention and out the corner of my eye say the person to my right (who was turning to travel towards fyshwick) move off having recieved a green turn light. Instinctively I started to move forward before realising I still had a red light. I got a few metres into the intersection before slamming on the brakes and reversing back.

I didnt see any camera flash and neither did my friend, however I am still quite anxious whether or not i will recieve an infringement notice.

What’s Your opinion?


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Red light infringement? Help
Bane 4:43 pm 27 Jan 11

1) Keijidosha is right; the camera there operates on westbound hindmarsh, and all cameras operate only in one direction (look at the angle…how could that camera get a picture of your plates when you’re travelling north?)

2) I’ve heard that red-light cameras actually take two photos, the second one to confirm that you did indeed pass though the intersection. So even if there was a camera in your direction, you’d probably be fine anyway

3) Just ignore the standard holier-than-thou posters that characterise this forum/blog/news site/whatever it’s trying to be these days

Tooks 2:50 pm 27 Jan 11

essfer said :

Tooks said :

You probably deserve one to be honest. I’ve had someone run up the back of me doing exactly the same thing.

So because the OP wasn’t rear-ended they should suffer a hit to the wallet instead? Everyone has at some time balked at the lights because they were looking at the wrong one. Why do we have to be infallible at all times?

Even I’ve done it, and I’m so close to perfection that we share ordnance.

What? I’ve read that first sentence four times and I still don’t understand what you’re on about. Think you may have missed my point…by a mile.

Cyberlooney 12:28 pm 27 Jan 11

If there’s a camera there you stand a good chance of an infringement. Exactly the same thing happened to me, different set of lights. I wrote to the red light camera office seeking withdrawal of the infringement citing an honest mistake, that I hadn’t proceeded through the intersection, that I reversed back as soon as I realised my mistake and my good driving record etc. To no effect, the infringement was upheld. I elected to go to court. The magistrate ruled in my favour and gave the prosecutors a serve for their inflexibility and taking the silly matter as far as court. I still had to pay court costs which were slightly less than the infringement.

Good luck. Hope you don’t get pinged and you don’t have to take the matter as far as I did.

Erg0 11:36 am 27 Jan 11

Keijidosha said :

Fixed red light cameras only operate in one direction, in the case of the Yamba/Hindmarsh intersection this is the westbound lanes of Hindmarsh. You have nothing to worry about.

Thanks for confirming, I thought that was the case, but I’ve never had occasion to test it.

I’m big enough to admit that I’ve had the occasional “ahthelightjustchangedohshitnoitdidn’t” moment, but I don’t think I’ve ever made it further than lifting off the brake and quickly reapplying it.

far_northact 11:33 am 27 Jan 11

a) If you paid attention, it wouldn’t have happened.
b) If you receive a fine – pay it – and learn your lesson.
Everyone makes mistakes, some just cost more than others.

Mysteryman 11:22 am 27 Jan 11

You’ll be fine.

troll-sniffer 11:21 am 27 Jan 11

Postalgeek said :

Keijidosha said :

Fixed red light cameras only operate in one direction, in the case of the Yamba/Hindmarsh intersection this is the westbound lanes of Hindmarsh. You have nothing to worry about.

They may have nothing to worry about, but now I am aware of one more incompetent driver who will enter an intersection through a red light. I probably won’t sleep tonight.

Oh yes Riot-Act… home of the truly perfect people who never make mistakes, never let their attention wander no matter what the circumstances, and have never ever broken a single road rule inadvertently or deliberately.

The easter bunny and father christmas should come and post here as well, they’d be in great company.

essfer 11:14 am 27 Jan 11

Tooks said :

You probably deserve one to be honest. I’ve had someone run up the back of me doing exactly the same thing.

So because the OP wasn’t rear-ended they should suffer a hit to the wallet instead? Everyone has at some time balked at the lights because they were looking at the wrong one. Why do we have to be infallible at all times?

Even I’ve done it, and I’m so close to perfection that we share ordnance.

Postalgeek 10:54 am 27 Jan 11

Keijidosha said :

Fixed red light cameras only operate in one direction, in the case of the Yamba/Hindmarsh intersection this is the westbound lanes of Hindmarsh. You have nothing to worry about.

They may have nothing to worry about, but now I am aware of one more incompetent driver who will enter an intersection through a red light. I probably won’t sleep tonight.

Postalgeek 10:51 am 27 Jan 11

James-T-Kirk said :

“I was not paying full attention”….. “Instinctively I started to move forward before realising I still had a red light.”

Seems to me like you should probably go to the local shopfront, and drop $75 on the table on sheer principle….

And hand in your license while you’re there.

Keijidosha 10:26 am 27 Jan 11

Fixed red light cameras only operate in one direction, in the case of the Yamba/Hindmarsh intersection this is the westbound lanes of Hindmarsh. You have nothing to worry about.

James-T-Kirk 10:09 am 27 Jan 11

“I was not paying full attention”….. “Instinctively I started to move forward before realising I still had a red light.”

Seems to me like you should probably go to the local shopfront, and drop $75 on the table on sheer principle….

Tooks 10:07 am 27 Jan 11

You probably deserve one to be honest. I’ve had someone run up the back of me doing exactly the same thing.

M0les 10:02 am 27 Jan 11

The red-light cameras aren’t triggered by a car entering the intersection – they just fire a set period after the light changes to red. So it seems that even if there is a camera there (Erg0 suspects not), it wouldn’t have taken a photo of you and called plod because the light was red all the time.
To further put your mind at ease, I think these cameras are targeting the exit of the intersections, so you’d have to have made it all the way across the intersection to be fully in frame.

Erg0 9:35 am 27 Jan 11

I’m not 100% sure, but I don’t think there’s actually a camera pointing towards that side of the intersection.

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