Motorists need to be aware that yellow means slow down and take caution; and stop means stop — not merely slowing down or rolling through the intersection.
“A lot of times people see a yellow light, it’s come to represent the idea to hurry up and get through the intersection instead of slowing down.”
Sgt. Paul Wolfe with the Department of Transportation says the yellow light cautions drivers to be prepared to stop at the imminent red light. And whether it’s a light or a stop sign, stopping can save lives, prevent crashes, and avoid costly citations.
“Under the state statute a stop actually means — and I’ll quote this — it means ‘complete cessation of movement.'”
The National Campaign to Stop Red Light Running says many Americans are concerned about being hit by someone else who might be running a red light. The group estimates that in 2007, red light running resulted in 153,000 injuries and nearly 1,000 fatalities nationwide.
“Also, according to their campaign, they show that red light running is the leading cause of urban automobile crashes.”
Wolfe says drivers aren’t necessarily being intentionally reckless; they’re simply not paying attention because their minds are on other things. Failing to stop completely when indicated can result in a $175.30 fine and three demerit points.
NOTE: National Stop on Red Week is August 2-8.