jump the lights

jump the lights

To pass through an intersection while the traffic lights for that lane are red. Security camera footage shows that the car jumped the lights and was struck by a tram its driver couldn't see coming.
See also: jump, lights

jump the ˈlights

(informal) drive on when the traffic lights are red: A policeman stopped us for jumping the lights.
See also: jump, lights
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You can just imagine the accidents waiting to happen as cars queue for the lights to change, tempers fraying as the queues lengthen and as impatient drivers try to get down Lumb Lane and when somebody decides to jump the lights because he can't see anyone coming
Drivers in the West Midlands appeared to jump the lights the most, with 19% admitting passing through red signals in the last month.
In 1999, then Newcastle United defender Andy Griffin was involved in a collision with a Metro train at the same level crossing when he tried to jump the lights in his Porsche.
I have seen cases where once a traffic signal is about to switch to red, drivers actually speed up to jump the lights.
Motorists jump the lights at speed crossing along Rodney Street, making life a misery for pedestrians.