24th Mar, 2018

Police issue warning to law-breaking drivers

DRIVERS are being warned action will be taken against them for not stopping for emergency lights.

The warning comes after a Stratford man appeared at Leamington Magistrates Court and was convicted for ignoring the lights at the Greys Mallory traffic base on Europa Way in Leamington.

He was fined £220, ordered to pay £135 costs, and had three points added to his license.

The stop signals were installed at the gates to the base in December 2015 and are activated when vehicles need to come out of the base in an emergency.

PC Paul Keighley from Greys Mallory said: “People who ignore these lights are putting their lives and the lives of police officers at risk.

“There have been several near misses with collisions only narrowly avoided when vehicles have had to come out of the base to respond to emergency calls.

“This is a very busy road at the best of times and we want people to be aware that we will take action against drivers.”

Although several drivers have been reported and issued with fixed penalty notices – £100 fine and three penalty points – this was the first court conviction.

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