DRIVERS are putting lives at risk by flouting red traffic lights outside Huddersfield fire station.
The lights on Outcote Bank operate when the alarms go off in the station and crews set off to the emergency.
Under traffic law and the Highway Code, vehicles on Outcote Bank must stop, so the engines can get out quickly.
There are clear warning signs on Outcote Bank and then drivers are faced with five boards of flashing lights. Each board has one amber and two red lights on it.
The amber lights show up first - to warn drivers to stop - and then the red lights come on.
But there have been near-misses recently, with motorists jumping the red lights.
Leading Firefighter Brian Rhodes said: "I can't believe the drivers do not see the lights. I can only think they must be ignoring them,
"This is extremely dangerous and is putting themselves in danger and the crews at risk. It could also stop us getting to what could be a house fire or other very serious incident.
"Up to four emergency vehicles could leave the station at any one time, so people must not set off once one engine has come out. They must wait until the red lights go off," he added.
Police say drivers who ignore the red lights face at least three penalty points and a fine - but potentially far more serious consequences.
Sgt Andy Addy, of Huddersfield traffic police, said: "Depending on the circumstances, they may also face a charge of driving without due care and attention or even dangerous driving.
"Under the 1988 Road Traffic Act, people must stop for these flashing red lights," he said.