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One in six motorists unaware that running a red light is an offence

Tuesday 11 April 2017, By Autovolo

One in six motorists unaware that running a red light is an offence

One in six motorists unaware that running a red light is an offence

One in six motorists don’t realise that driving through a red light is illegal, new research has revealed.

In reality, those caught running a red light will be given three points on their driving licence.

Research conducted by insurer Admiral looked at what annoyed British motorists the most. One question asked respondents to pick the one legal action from a list of possible answers and one in six chose red light running.

Incredibly, nearly 17 per cent of drivers admitted that they take their eyes off the road to operate their car’s radio, while 16 per cent said that they’d consumed food or drink when driving.

However, more than half of the 2,000 respondants said that their greatest annoyance was other motorists using a phone behind the wheel.

Alistair Hargreaves from Admiral said: “We were shocked by the number of people who think it’s legal to jump a red light, when in fact it could land you points on your licence.

“Another interesting takeaway was how many people want etiquette to be part of a learner driver’s education. We are known as a nation for being polite, and the fact the majority of people essentially want to enforce courtesy training on the road reinforces how important politeness is to British people.”