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Running a red light, Glasgow, 10 October 2017, Not Guilty

Running a red light is contrary to section 36 of the Road Traffic Act 1988. It carries 3 penalty points.

There are typically two kinds of running a red light case. The first involves a camera built into the red light system. The other – like this case – is when police officers actually see someone whom they believe has ran a red light.

Much like mobile phone cases which we defend, we believe that this type of case can benefit from a locus visit to see exactly what the police officers would have been able to see. In this case it was immediately apparent to us that the police could not be sure whether our client’s light was red or not. We took video of the view available to the police and lodged it as a production for the case.

At trial, the police officer giving evidence claimed to be in a completely different location with a completely different view. We cross-examined him on this point. We reminded him that there was CCTV on a nearby building and we also reminded him there was video evidence in this case. Thinking we were referring to CCTV from the building, the police officer suddenly became less clear about his location. To add insult to injury for the Crown, the officer then proceeded to pick out our client’s interpreter as the driver of the car on the day in question.

After his evidence was completed the Crown withdrew the charge against our client.

This case was defended by Graham Walker on 10 October 2017 at Glasgow JP Court. Dock identification is very controversial. A witness is often asked to look around and see if they see the alleged offender. O f course, the person in the dock may as well have a sign saying “pick me” round their neck. In this case, however, our client required an interpreter and therefore there were 2 people in the dock (our client and the interpreter). The police officer then proceeded to pick out the interpreter.