Phoenix Police Raise Awareness of the Dangers of Running Red Lights

Phoenix Police Raise Awareness of the Dangers of Running Red LightsPolice in Phoenix, Arizona, are stepping up their efforts to keep drivers from running red lights after a serious accident occurred on Wednesday, January 11.

According to Fox affiliate KSAZ, the crash, which involved two cars and occurred after one allegedly drove through an intersection while a red light was displayed, happened on 32nd Street and Broadway, and suggests red lights are still a major traffic problem in Phoenix.

Currently, the city has about a dozen red light cameras up at intersections in an attempt to curb the form of reckless driving, as red light accidents have proven to be some of the worst, the news source stated.

In Wednesday’s accident, a minivan and a smaller vehicle reportedly crashed into each other after one of them allegedly ran the light, however authorities are unsure which driver did so.

“The impacts are some of the most violent that we see,” says Phoenix Police Sergeant Trent Crump.

The accident came only one day after American Traffic Solutions, a nationwide photo-enforcement agency, released a video of crashes that have occurred across the country, which depict disastrous outcomes. Crump stated the accidents are usually worse than others because drivers tend to slam on the gas before going through the intersection in an attempt to make it through before it turns red.

“The typical reaction to the problem is to add more speed to the problem,” he said.

In response to the red light accidents, the city of Phoenix conducted a study of the most dangerous intersections, measured by the amount of accidents related to running red lights. The study resulted in 12 additional intersections being outfitted with red light cameras, according to the news provider.

“We are trying to keep the intersections safe and so if you have 10 or 12 cameras and you take them to the location where we know we are having problems then I believe it is a prudent use of the cameras,” Crump said.

Police say they believe the program has proven to be beneficial.

According to the Arizona Department of Transportation, driving too fast for conditions was cited as the most prominent violation linked to accidents, with 16.81 percent of all accidents in 2010 related to speeding. Such behavior resulted in 145 fatalities, and an additional 11,080 injuries.