Spike in red light runners prompts RAA plea for patience

9 April, 2022

The number of drivers caught on camera running red lights surged by a massive 38 per cent last year, RAA has revealed.

Fixed safety cameras caught 39,615 motorists running a red light last year – 10,834 more than 2020, latest police figures showed.

The risky behaviour also generated $23,448,496 worth of fines in 2021, an increase of more than $7,527,964 – or 47% – compared to 2020.

The higher per centage of financial penalty was due to an increase in Victims of Crime levy from $60 to $90 in the same period. The present fine for running a red light is $597 and three demerit points.

However, RAA Senior Manager Safety and Infrastructure Charles Mountain warned red light runners risked much more than a hit to their wallet.

 “Red light running, like speeding, could have catastrophic consequences,’’ he said.

“If you run a red light — even when doing the speed limit — you are putting your life and others at risk.

“Some motorists may misjudge stopping distances and inadvertently run a red light – in other cases this behaviour can be quiet a deliberate and reckless act.

“You often see drivers speed up at an intersection when they see the traffic light turn amber.’’

Mr Mountain reminded drivers they are required to stop at an amber light if it is safe to do so.

While red light running fines soared last year, the number of motorists caught speeding on fixed cameras was down, from 55,284 in 2020 to 49,276 in 2021 – or 11 per cent.

Mr Mountain believes increasing traffic volumes have contributed to the number of offences caught on fixed cameras.

 “The lifting of Covid-19 restrictions has seen a return of traffic to our roads, slowing commuters’ journeys and making them more impatient.

“As a driver your responsibility is to arrive safely at your destination, so there is no excuse for running a red light,’’ he said.   

SA intersections with most Red Light Offences:

Site addressCamera typeRed Light OffencesRed Light FinesRed Light VOC
Greenhill Rd/Anzac Hwy, KESWICKIntersection18971$8,726,502$1,225,746
Grand Junction Rd/Pt Wakefield Rd, ENFIELDIntersection9685$4,453,161$622,700
Anzac Hwy/Morphett Rd, NOVAR GARDENSIntersection9053$4,234,269$614,196
Main North Rd/Regency Rd, ENFIELDIntersection8911$4,111,529$582,476
Grand Junction Rd/Hanson Rd, OTTOWAYIntersection7239$3,359,271$469,214
Grand Junction Rd/Main North Rd, ENFIELDIntersection7054$3,232,853$445,392
Salisbury Hwy/Kings Rd, SALISBURY DOWNSIntersection6420$2,951,439$419,100
Portrush Rd/Magill Rd, NORWOODIntersection5491$2,475,906$329,460
Port Rd/Woodville Rd, WOODVILLEIntersection5395$2,438,539$336,656
South Rd/Ashwin Pde, TORRENSVILLEIntersection5178$2,442,494$350,832