Common Traffic Offences
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b. Jumping or running red lights deliberately

Jumping or running red lights represents an act which is obviously below the standard of what would be expected of a competent and careful driver.  But is it so “far below” the standard as to constitute dangerous driving?  If a driver jumps a red light only absentmindedly, could it be only careless driving instead of dangerous driving?  The Court will look into the facts of each case to decide whether dangerous (or careless) driving is present.  But if a case involves deliberately jumping a red light, the driver should not expect anything less than a dangerous driving conviction.  While it may be difficult, if not impossible, to prove whether or not a driver has deliberately jumpeda red light, the Court is entitled to draw inference from the way of driving.  For example, if a driver drove through more than one red light, the Court would not find it difficult to draw an inference that such way of driving arose from a deliberate act.

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