The transport chief will review legislation before pushing for tougher penalties for jumping red lights. Secretary for Environment, Transport and Works Sarah Liao Sau-tung was speaking after lawmakers and professional drivers called on the government to examine prosecution practices for motorists who inadvertently run a red light while stuck in traffic. 'There has been a consensus that people who purposely run red lights and do not follow traffic regulations should be punished,' Dr Liao said after a meeting with the transport panel. 'I believe everyone agrees to deducting five points for those who intentionally run red lights. They worry about the grey area when there is a yellow light. The transport bureau will study this from a legal point of view.' Dr Liao did not say when she would bring the legislative amendments to lawmakers. The government's proposed increase in the penalty for jumping red lights from three points to five points was a compromise decision, reduced from the original bid for an eight-point deduction. Chief Superintendent Blake Hancock told the panel police would not prosecute motorists for slightly crossing the stop line on a red light or those forced to stop at a junction because of traffic, if there was no accident or injury. But legislator Miriam Lau Kin-yee, who represents the transport sector, said many frontline officers did not follow the rule and prosecuted many professional drivers under such circumstances. Most transport workers at the meeting agreed with tougher penalties for drivers who ran red lights on purpose, but strongly opposed an overall five-point deduction for everyone who ran a red light. 'Since when has Legco become a wet market?' asked Kwok Chi-piu, chairman of the Urban Taxi Drivers Association, referring to the bargaining from an eight-point proposal to five points. 'Secretary, do you know how much pressure a driver has? Don't think that drivers like killing people; no one thinks that way.' To improve traffic light visibility, Dr Liao said the department would install 28 hanging traffic lights and increase the number of cameras at junctions from 28 to 96.