Drivers who run red lights are always a problem, but the intersection of Orange Grove and Thornydale is a major headache for Tucson drivers lately. With traffic being diverted there from the construction site on Ina Road, the problem is worse than ever. Left turns against the red light are especially common.
It’s gotten so bad that the Marana Police Department is having a hard time conducting enforcement on the intersection. This is because when multiple vehicles run the red light, the officer on the scene is able to stop only one of them.
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Accidents from Running Red Lights
According to a study from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), red-light-running crashes cause tens of thousands of accidents every year. Accidents resulting from red light violations killed 811 people nationwide in 2016, and these accidents injured an estimated 137,000 people in 2015.
Another IIHS study found that accidents involving running red lights and stop signs are the most common type of crash in urban areas, accounting for 22 percent of urban crashes. These accidents are especially dangerous for bicyclists and pedestrians, who may step out into the street, wrongly expecting an oncoming car to stop.
Nearly all drivers agree that it’s not acceptable to run a red light when it’s possible to stop, but 36 percent of drivers in a 2016 survey reported having done so in the last 30 days. As you can see, these factors create conditions for many accidents every year.
Reducing Red Light Violations
The IIHS strongly recommends installing red light cameras as a countermeasure for red-light-running behaviors. They found that installing red light cameras and using them as a tool for enforcement reduced red light running by 40 to 50 percent. However, in 2015 the city of Tucson overwhelmingly voted to eliminate red light cameras from the city.
Another option for reducing red light violations would be to lengthen the amount of time the yellow signal shows before turning red. A study in Philadelphia found that lengthening the yellow signal by about one second reduced red light violations by 36 percent. Something like that has the potential to seriously reduce the incidence of red light accidents in the city, without raising any “Big Brother” concerns.
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