Amber means STOP
This campaign is being run on the backs of car park/on street parking tickets in Glasgow, Renfrewshire and South Lanarkshire over Spring and Summer 2012. The message put into the hands of drivers is the simple reminder that the amber traffic signal means 'STOP'. Casualties in the West of Scotland caused through red running increased in 2011. Research has shown that drivers generally do not recognise that the amber light tells them to stop although the Highway Code clearly states this, adding they may go on only if the amber shows after they have crossed the stop line or are so close to it that to pull up might cause an accident.
Sergeant Ian Lawrie of the Strathclyde Safety Camera Partnership said, "If a driver does not treat the signal as a warning not to cross the stop line or, even worse, speed up to 'beat' the light, they may not be able to stop when the red light shows and thereby commit an offence and endanger the safety of other road users, on foot or on wheels.
"Speeding up also results in more serious injuries being sustained in any collision resulting from their actions".