jump the light(s)

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jump the light(s)

To pass through an intersection while the traffic light is signaling "stop." Security camera footage shows that the car was struck by the train after jumping the lights.
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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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According to details, on Saturday, US defense attache Colonel Joseph Emanuel Hall, who was driving a white Land Cruiser, jumped the lights and hit a motorcycle at a traffic signal.
Vettel was convinced Bottas' getaway was so quick at the start that the Mercedes driver had jumped the lights.
And 2% said they habitually jumped the lights if they felt the road was clear and there was no traffic.
Eye-witnesses say the yellow cab was hit head-on by a Cadillac which had jumped the lights.
She had been travelling with the couple's only daughter Sarah-Jane when a car jumped the lights at Waterloo Road, in Ballsbridge, Dublin.
Vettel was convinced Bottas' start was so quick that he'd jumped the lights but a stewards' probe came down in favour of the Finn.
Seven people died, and 150 were injured, when a Great Western train jumped the lights and hit a freight train in the 1997 accident.