As the taxi pulls up to a halt at the red traffic light, pedestrians start to cross the road in front of it – but within moments a large group of cyclists – most of them appearing to be teenagers – dart through the crossing, blocking the pedestrians’ path and also preventing traffic from joining the lane from the right hand side.According to the Institute of Advanced Motorists, 57% of cyclists admit to running red lights. A 2013 YouGov poll found that 35% of cyclists admit to ignoring red lights at least “occasionally.”If caught jumping a red light, cyclists can be issued a Fixed Penalty Notice of £30. • British motorists spend a fifth of their average daily drive waiting at red lights, research revealed earlier this year.The study by Confused.com found that nearly three in 10 people (29 per cent) admitted they have driven through a red light and nearly a third of those (32 per cent) doing so deliberately.Reasons for driving through a red light vary, with a third saying they were running late and a similar number claiming they didn’t see the light turn red. Meanwhile, a fifth say they deliberately drove through a red light because they were angry at the light for turning red. A video captured by a dashcam in a London black cab recently captured this footage of a huge number of young cyclists risking their lives by jumping a red light.The clip was uploaded to YouTube last week, and seems to have been filmed on October 22nd on London’s Regent Street.Posted by the LondonTaxi Dashcam YouTube account, the clip is captioned: “Please welcome the next generation of London cyclists… if they survive that long.” Many motorists revealed they used the time they spent sitting stationary to do other things. The most common activity while stopped at a red is adjusting the stereo (59 per cent), while more than a third of people (38 per cent) adjust the air-con and a similar number (36 per cent) eat a snack.Commenting on the findings, Matt Lloyd of Confused.com said: “Red lights are a frustration for many drivers on the road but they are a necessity to keep traffic moving in a timely and orderly fashion.“On some days, it can seem like the lights are against you and it can feel like the wait is longer than normal, but rushing through a red light can cause problems for drivers and pedestrians alike. And getting caught can cause you problems with your insurance.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
Mr Duncan-Smith cited research showing that divorce and family breakdown is linked to poorer health, mental illness and lower educational outcomes. “The Government’s own evaluation shows that every £1 spent on relationship support saves the state over £11, not to mention the improvement in life chances for those involved,” he said. Chris Sherwood, CEO of Relate, one of the charities which receives funding to provide both free and subsidised sessions, said: ““It’s all too easy to overlook the value of relationships to individuals and society, but they play a critical role in our health and wellbeing and in ensuring that children get a good start in life. “Research from Relate found that 18 per cent of UK adults are in distressed relationships, meaning 1.4 million families are at breaking point. “This would be the first time in over 70 years that the Government has turned away from providing support from marriage and relationships before they break down altogether.”We don’t know where this has come from but the Secretary of State should urgently intervene.”The UK has one of the highest levels of family breakdown anywhere in the world, it doesn’t make sense to simply wait until divorce or separation before providing any sort of support, especially when we know how important stronger families are for children.” “We know that relationship breakdown can lead to loneliness, depression, homelessness, debt and many other life shattering events which have a huge cost to society and place pressure on public services.”In response to Mr Duncan Smith’s comments, a Government spokesman said: “Mounting evidence shows the damaging effect parental conflict has on children, which is why we remain committed to supporting parents, whether separated or not, to work together.” The Government is planning to remove funding for relationship counselling, a former Cabinet minister has claimed, a step which he said could lead to more broken families. Iain Duncan Smith, the former Work and Pensions secretary, said that the Government was in the process of reviewing policy announced in 2016, which allows for £70m to be spent on counselling over five years.In a blog post for Conservative Home, he said: “Without this funding, innumerable families and couples will no longer be able to access marriage and relationship support, particularly those on low incomes and vulnerable groups who often need it the most.”In 2015, I was enormously pleased when we increased the spending on such counselling but always hoped that, given the evidence of its effectiveness, more money would be found in due course. I am therefore worried that we may be about to head in the wrong direction.”He said the plans were due to be part of the upcoming Budget, which is due to be announced this autumn. The MP for Chingford and Woodford Green is also the founder of think-tank the Centre for Social Justice. Frank Young, of its family policy unit, said: ““The rumours that the Government might cut relationship support funding altogether are alarming and need to be re-considered. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
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