Cracking Down on Rolling Stops and Running Lights

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- You may notice extra patrols around some of the busier intersections in Cabell County during the next few weeks.

It’s part of a statewide program called Target Red that started Friday to promote safe driving and crack down on people running through yellow and red lights and rolling through stop signs.

One of the main focus areas is in downtown Huntington, due to the number of traffic lights and stop signs throughout the city.

“People generally see green light as go, yellow light as go faster, red light is stop,” said Huntington Police Department Sgt. Darrell Booth. “And actually what the ordinance says is that if the light turns yellow and you haven’t entered the intersection, don't enter the intersection.”

During the campaign, people who are caught will be fined.

“Law enforcement is not going to be giving you a warning,” said Huntington Traffic Safety Officer Beau Evans. “They will actually be writing you citations for running those red lights and stop signs.”

The Huntington Police Department, the Milton Police Department, the Cabell County Sheriff’s Department and the Marshall University Police Department are all involved in the campaign.

Federal funding for the campaign is being sent to the departments by the Governors Highway Safety Program, to pay officers for extra shifts that they will use to focus on finding people who are running lights and rolling through stop signs in busy intersections.

Evans says running through stop signs is one of the leading causes of car accidents, especially in areas with four-way stops.

Evans says during last year’s campaign more than 400 citations were given out.


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