Thousands of Leicestershire drivers break red light law

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More than 9,000 people were caught running red traffic lights in Leicestershire last year, the county council has revealed.

Nigel Horsley, road safety manager at the county council, said 78 people were injured last year, three seriously, in red light crashes.

Courses are now offered to those caught running red lights, in place of a £60 fine and three penalty points.

Mr Horsley said it was important for drivers to take the matter seriously.

Safety concerns

"People are running red lights because I don't think they honestly see it as a problem," he said.

"They might want to get somewhere quicker than the next person so why not go through a red light?

"The lights are there to ease congestion and are there for your safety."

In the past 12 months, a total of 9,700 motorists were caught driving through red lights in the county.

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