Hi Lifehacker, I was at traffic lights the other day and despite waiting for ages, the sequence never included the left turn I needed to make. After six sequences, I drove through carefully on a red arrow when there was no risk. Can I get booked for this? And if I do, should everyone else who did it get booked too? Thanks, Straight Arrow
Australia's major road networks are monitored and managed 24 hours a day, seven days a week. If a light was faulty when you passed it, traffic control will have a log of it. You should be able to get confirmation that the light wasn't working by calling the roads authority in your state or territory. I've included the relevant contact details below:
- NSW Traffic & Maritime Services: 131700 or rms.nsw.gov.au/cgi-bin/index.cgi?action=feedback.form.
- Vic Roads: 13 11 70 or vicroads.vic.gov.au/contact-us.
- Queensland Department Of Transport And Main Roads: 13 19 40 or tmr.qld.gov.au/Contact-us.aspx
- Main Roads Western Australia: 138 138 or mainroads.wa.gov.au/Pages/complaintsFeedback.aspx?Type=Fault
- South Australia Transport, Travel And Motoring: 1800 018 313 or sa.gov.au/topics/transport-travel-and-motoring/motoring/roads-and-traffic/traffic-control/traffic-management-centre
- Northern Territory Department Of Infrastructure: 1800 246 199 or nt.gov.au/infrastructure/construction/roads/faults/lights.shtml
- ACT Road Transport Authority: 13 22 81 or canberraconnect.act.gov.au/app/ask
- Transport Tasmania: 1300 139 933 or [email protected]
This should be sufficient evidence to successfully contest a fine in court, should you happen to receive one. (In fact, you should be able to have it quashed by simply requesting a review and sending through your proof.)
The accuracy of red light cameras have proven to be less than perfect in recent years, so the law should hopefully be on your side. Best of luck!
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