Lights put the brakes on crazy drivers

BISHOPBRIGGS CROSS TRAFFIC'EM'2/2/10
BISHOPBRIGGS CROSS TRAFFIC'EM'2/2/10

FURIOUS residents have called for tougher action on motorists jumping the lights at a busy junction.

Police staged a high profile operation at Bishopbriggs Cross last month after residents raised concerns about drivers going through red lights.

But residents say the situation has not improved and are calling for CCTV cameras to be installed to catch those responsible.

One woman claimed she saw five cars going through a red light at the cross.

Anne Roy said: “The police say it’s not as bad as it was. But they were standing there in their high visibility jackets, and no driver in their right mind is going to jump the lights if they see the police watching them.

“I was crossing with children on the green man and two cars passed us.

“I can understand why. I’ve been there myself when the lights have changed three or four times and the car has not moved. But that doesn’t mean you can go through a red light.”

Two officers were stationed at the busy junction during the week-long clampdown, which also targeted drivers using mobile phones and not wearing seatbelts.

Sergeant Mark Caffrey, of Bishopbriggs Police Office, said: “Last Monday morning, as part of the mobile phone day of action, we carried out a high visability road block near Bishopbriggs Cross.

“We observed no vehicles failing to comply with red traffic lights.

“We will continue to monitor traffic flow at this junction and will mount similar initiatives in the future.”

He added: “The Strathclyde safety camera partnership team conduct an annual review of personal injury crash statistics on a rolling three-year basis throughout each local authority area.

“They also have local meetings with traffic management police and roads engineers to look at emerging areas of concern. Bishopbriggs Cross has not been been identified as meeting crash/casualty criteria for a potential red light safety camera operation as an appropriate road safety intervention”.