JOPLIN, MO.--- It might seem like no big deal, but running a red light can be a matter of life and death. Joplin police officers have already written nearly 250 tickets for signal violations this year, but they say avoiding a ticket should not be the main reason to hit the breaks when you see that yellow light. A recent study by the department of all accidents from 2006 to 2008 shows signal violations made up 22% of intersection crashes. Five of those wrecks were fatal.
"The thing is whenever someone runs a red light, a lot of times the other traffic isn't expecting that. So what you end up with is a T-bone or a car stricking another car on the side, which really relates into the severity of the accident," said Sgt. Rusty Rives, Joplin Police Department.
Officers say the most wrecks occurred at Range Line and 32nd Street. They say even when you think you might make it through the yellow light, it's always better to stop.
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