Red Light Runners

Red Light Runners

Just in the past week, there have been three major accidents involving red light runners. That split-second decision can suddenly change your life, and possibly the life of someone else forever.

"When people see a yellow light, they hit the gas. They just wana get through. It's yellow, I'm gonna go. But when the light is fixing red, you really have to proceed with caution" said Officer Jeff Hughes of the Wichita Falls Police Department.

Wichita Falls currently does not have any red light cameras installed. Law enforcement says many drivers take advantage of that because they don't have to worry about getting their picture taken. Accidents caused by red light drivers often leave devastating effects.

"You can actually have a head on collision in an intersection if somebody fails to yield the right of way. You're looking at T-bone accidents, you're looking at possible bicyclists or pedestrian crossings being a factor" said Hughes.

Texomans are split on the topic of whether red light cameras should be installed within the city.

"Too much government control already. They don't need to monitor anymore of my life" said Texoma resident Annette Jones.

"It wouldn't matter because people will still run them. The only plus is if someone ran the light, they would be on film" said Sarah Mills from Texoma.

On the other hand, Tyler Clay Morgan disagrees and says "It's a smart idea for tax payer dollars".

Law enforcement says the public should voice their opinion to leaders of the community with any red light issues. In the mean time, drivers should be careful and yield to the right of way.

"You can't control what someone else is doing in a vehicle but you can control what you're doing. If you're at a red light and the light turns green, take that extra second and make sure you look both ways before entering the intersection just in case somebody is not going to yield the right of way" said Hughes.

Yellow lights in Texoma last for 4 seconds. After the yellow turns red, there is about 2 seconds where all the lights are red before another light turns green.

Kemp and Midwestern, Call Field and Lawrence, Kemp and Kell, Call Field and McNiel, Kell and Lawrence are some of the major intersections in Wichita Falls with a high probability of a red light accident.

Each year in the United States, red light accidents result in nearly 1000 wrongful deatrhs and about 90,000 cases of personal injury.

Cynthia Kobayashi, Newschannel Six.