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Breaking red light rules & penalties

Red Lights

For red light camera locations, please visit the WA Police website.

OffencePenaltyDemerits
Driving through a red light$3003

Intersections

An uncontrolled intersection is where there is no traffic signal, stop sign, or give way sign.

As a rule, at an uncontrolled intersection, always give way to the right, to oncoming vehicles and pedestrians.

Specifically:

  • If going straight ahead - give way to vehicles on your right;
  • If turning left - give way to pedestrians crossing the road you're entering;
  • If turning left using a slip lane - give way to vehicles turning right into the road you’re entering;
  • If turning right - give way to vehicles on your right, any oncoming vehicles/bicycles who are going straight ahead or turning left, and any pedestrians crossing the road you’re entering.

A controlled intersection has traffic control lights, stop signs, give way signs or a police officer or other authorised person directing traffic.

At a controlled intersection, you must obey the traffic control lights, sign or signal facing you.
 

OffencePenaltyDemerits
Travelling straight ahead OR turning left in a slip lane - failing to give way to vehicles to the right or pedestrians$2003
Turning left or right - failing to give way to vehicles to the right or pedestrians$3003
 

The information available on our website provides a simple interpretation of the law and is not intended to constitute legal advice. Full details of traffic offences and penalties are contained in the Road Traffic Code 2000.

Acknowledgement of Country

The Government of Western Australia acknowledges the traditional custodians throughout Western Australia and their continuing connection to the land, waters and community.
We pay our respects to all members of the Aboriginal communities and their cultures; and to Elders both past and present.

The Road Safety Commission is a portfolio within WA Police Force. It reports to the Minister for Road Safety, Hon. Michelle Roberts MLA.