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Running Red Lights Linked To 1,900 Fatalities

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DETROIT (WWJ) – A study of traffic crashes shows more than 3,500 wrecks could have been avoided last year by one simple step: stopping when the traffic light is “red”.

Kajal Patel is a transportation engineer with SEMCOG, the southeast Michigan council of governments. She says too many drivers are in a hurry…and often distracted.

“We want to do multi-tasking … like putting on make-up, or reading the newspaper, or getting something out of the purse … or maybe kids, (you are distracted) by other passengers,” said Patel.

“Unfortunately, Michigan does not use ‘run red light’ cameras … but that could be a great enforcement technique,”  she said.

Patel says that there were 1900 fatalities, a figure that is up from last year, in cases of red light running.

SEMCOG says Detroit, Sterling Heights, Warren, Dearborn and Livonia have the most red-light running crashes, based on a 3 year average.

The Federal Highway Administration has launched a week-long campaign, cautioning people against running red lights.

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