Esky Public Safety cracks down on red light running

ESCANABA — Law enforcement officers will increase patrols for drivers who run red lights in Escanaba. Twenty-six people were killed and an estimated 3,821 were injured in crashes that involved red light running in Michigan in 2015. About half of the deaths in red light running crashes are pedestrians, bicyclists and occupants in other vehicles that are hit by the red light runners.

“Running red lights or stop signs can leave your friends and family seriously injured or, worse yet, killed,” said Lt. John Gudwer. “We are on the lookout for drivers who run red lights, and you will get a ticket.”

Red light running continues to be a major issue nationwide. From 2007 to 2011, an average of:

– 751 people died each year in red-light running crashes.

– 63 people died each month in red-light running crashes.

– $378 million was lost in costs due to red-light running fatalities each month.

Michigan law prohibits drivers from proceeding through a red light or stop sign. Those who violate the law will be charged with a civil infraction and a fine up to $150.

Drivers can also be pulled over for running a yellow light. According to Michigan law, drivers approaching a yellow light must stop before entering the nearest crosswalk at the intersection or limit line when marked. If the stop cannot be made safely, drivers can proceed cautiously through the intersection.