Hello again, Bob, and thank you for clarifying that for me.
Yes, when a light turns yellow, a driver has the decision whether they can safely proceed through the intersection before the light turns red or not. If they cannot, then they must stop and generally the vehicles behind them have an obligation to maintain control of their vehicles at all times, even if the vehicle in front of them stops abruptly.
Therefore, whenever a vehicle collides with another vehicle from behind, the driver in the back is typically cited for failing to maintain control of their vehicle.
The facts you set out would typically support a citation
being issued to you I'm afraid, even though the driver in front of you stopped abruptly. The law imposes a duty that you maintain control of your vehicle at all times, including being prepared to stop quickly if the vehicle in front of you stops suddenly. I'm sorry.
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