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Probationary license - got flashed for running light

Hi all. New to this forum. I am a probationary license holder and today I got flashed for running a red light in Wiedikon, Zurich.

What happened: I was in the left lane (to go straight), which was green, but I realized last second that I needed to move to the right lane to turn right. I kind of panicked and just came to a halt in my lane, after I had already barely crossed the line. There were no cars around in either lane, so I thought I could get away with turning right at the last second. Stupid decision, I know. Anyway I guess the light had changed to red while I was stopped in the left lane, just past the line. I saw the camera flash me twice. I then turned right when it was possible.

Question is - what now? I know the standard fine for running a red light is CHF 250. But will there be any difference in penalty given that I didn't actually run through it, I just stopped too far forward? And is there a chance I will face a more severe penalty as a probationary license holder?

Kind of panicking. I know I messed up, I just hope it doesn't cost me more than a fine and a warning.

Thanks in advance for any help.
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Old 21.05.2021, 22:53
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Stopping too far forward is no different than running it, if not worse.

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Stopping too far forward is no different than running it, if not worse.

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So should I expect the standard 250 CHF fine?
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Re: Probationary license - got flashed for running light

"In the event of a rule violation during the probationary period, the same criteria apply as for a permanent driver's license. The consequences depend on whether you committed a minor, moderate, or severe offense. In addition, the following applies:

If you have to surrender your driving license on a trial basis, your probationary period will be extended by one year. If you have to surrender your driving license on a trial basis a second time during the probationary period, the license will be canceled."

https://www.svsa.pom.be.ch/svsa_pom/...probezeit.html
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Please search the forum, IIRC someone enquired about the exact same situation not that long ago (if I had to guess I'd say in the second half of 2020).
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Hi all. New to this forum. I am a probationary license holder and today I got flashed for running a red light in Wiedikon, Zurich.

What happened: I was in the left lane (to go straight), which was green, but I realized last second that I needed to move to the right lane to turn right. I kind of panicked and just came to a halt in my lane, after I had already barely crossed the line. There were no cars around in either lane, so I thought I could get away with turning right at the last second. Stupid decision, I know. Anyway I guess the light had changed to red while I was stopped in the left lane, just past the line. I saw the camera flash me twice. I then turned right when it was possible.

Question is - what now? I know the standard fine for running a red light is CHF 250. But will there be any difference in penalty given that I didn't actually run through it, I just stopped too far forward? And is there a chance I will face a more severe penalty as a probationary license holder?

Kind of panicking. I know I messed up, I just hope it doesn't cost me more than a fine and a warning.

Thanks in advance for any help.

I had a similar experience couple of months ago. I got caught running a red light maybe after 30 seconds after it turned red. I was on probationary license. What happened was a 250 chf fine, nothing else. You shouldn't worry too much about losing your license or anything more serious than a fine.
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Re: Probationary license - got flashed for running light

You might get done for running the red light and turning from the wrong lane.
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I had a similar experience couple of months ago. I got caught running a red light maybe after 30 seconds after it turned red. I was on probationary license. What happened was a 250 chf fine, nothing else. You shouldn't worry too much about losing your license or anything more serious than a fine.
For 30-seconds after RED I think you'd be in for a license ..
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For 30-seconds after RED I think you'd be in for a license ..
This is what I have heard also, if its more than 1 second after the red you are in deep trouble. Maybe the rules have changed since, hopefully for the OP
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For 30-seconds after RED I think you'd be in for a license ..
This is what I was afraid of too. I was fixated on the wrong light and made a stupid mistake. Luckily what I received was just a fine and nothing else.
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