On closer inspection the figures, which came from a self-reported internet poll, reveal that only 2% of respondents said they jump lights ‘frequently’, while 42% say that they jump lights ‘once or twice’ or ‘rarely’ and another 44% say they never have.
All road users, including drivers and motorcyclists, break the law. In a similar self-reported survey drivers admitted to routine lawbreaking as half of respondents admitted to using mobile phones while driving (mostly illegal hand-held). Another survey found that 82% “sometimes or frequently” exceed the speed limit.
CTC’s Campaigns and Policy Director Roger Geffen says: “As road users we would like to see road traffic laws enforced for the safety of everyone, but let’s not forget that the risk imposed by cyclists is minimal when compared to red light jumping drivers.”
He continues: “Of pedestrians injured in London in a collision caused by red light jumping, only 4% involve cyclists, whereas 71% occur when a car driver jumps a red light and 13% when a motorcyclist does. As an organisation representing those two road user groups, CTC suggests the Institute of Advanced Motorists ought to call for more road traffic policing to enforce traffic laws, rather than highlighting red light jumping by cyclists.”