Two Accidents in Two Days Prompt NewsChannel 11 to Investigate the Problem of Red Light Runners - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

6/21/05

Two Accidents in Two Days Prompt NewsChannel 11 to Investigate the Problem of Red Light Runners

Lubbock police say a 28-year-old woman ran a red light and now her 6-year-old passenger is in critical condition. The accident happened just before 1 o'clock Tuesday afternoon at 4th street and Avenue A. Police say Kathy Acy took a red light and the result was a collision with this blue SUV. Acy also had a 9-year-old girl in the car, she has been treated and released, but the 6-year-old boy remains at University Medical Center. No one else was injured in the accident.

Just two days ago, a 40-year-old man died after he ran a red light at the intersection of I-27 and Avenue Q. This prompted NewsChannel 11 to ask: how bad is the problem in Lubbock.

To find out an answer we staked out the intersection at Avenue A and 4th Street for about an hour on Tuesday afternoon. All the Lubbock drivers we spoke with say red light runners are a big problem throughout the city, especially at this particular intersection.

Two short hours after this major wreck Tuesday afternoon, police markers are the only visible remnants at 4th and Avenue A. Police say someone running a red light caused the accident. Many drivers tell NewsChannel 11 that's not uncommon at this intersection.

"A lot of people run this light. They don't realize there's coming traffic from that direction. There was a bad wreck here earlier." Halt Aggressive Driving Advertising Agent, Lloyd Cavallero has helped the organization publicize various public service announcements all in hopes of stopping dangerous driving habits. In 2004, 481 accidents out of about 11,000 were caused by red light runners in Lubbock.

“It's our job to come in and create awareness about things so that way when you want to speed up in a construction zone, or you wanna speed up before you miss that yellow light before it turns red maybe some of our campaigns or spots maybe come to mind," says Cavallero.

"Keep your cool on the road” is one campaign designed to keep you from running red lights, but NewsChannel 11 asks the question: Do these campaigns work? "I think they do a little bit," answers Cavallero.

We then asked what about the campaigns do you see them on tv? "Uh, no. When you get your drivers license, you know not to run red lights," says Cavallero.

Even so drivers not slowing down for a red light cause over 70,000 crashes a year nationwide and this Lubbock driver has a possible solution. "I think the LPD needs to be out here more often and start writing tickets like the seatbelt law. That'll put a stop to it real quickly."

It's important to note the traffic lights along many major streets in Lubbock have been re-timed. In theory if you drive the speed limit you should hit more green lights. The re-timing has not been the cause of the accidents we've mentioned but you should pay extra attention as lights could now be on a different timing structure than you are used to.

6/21/05
Red Light Runner Blamed For Tuesday Afternoon Crash
University Medical Center treated a young boy, Tuesday, for head injuries following a traffic crash Lubbock Police say was caused by a red light runner.

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