POLL: Are Red Light Runners a Problem in Dearborn?
The Southeast Michigan Council of Governments this month announced the communities with the highest numbers of red-light-running crashes–and Dearborn's on the list.
Do people driving through Dearborn have a problem with red lights?
Statistics released this month by the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments suggest they might: Dearborn ranked fifth in a list of Southeast Michigan communities with the most red-light running crashes based on a three-year average.
On average from 2009-2011, 114 drivers in Dearborn were involved in crashes that included someone running a red light. Red-light-running crashes accounted for nearly 4 percent of all accidents during that same time period.
Dearborn ranked below Detroit, Sterling Heights, Warren and Livonia on that list.
Statistics were released as part of National Stop on Red Week, held Aug. 5-11–a partnership between SEMCOG and the Federal Highway Administration.
In a larger scope, SEMCOG announced that 3,505 crashes that occurred at signalized intersections in 2011 involved running a red light. Seven of those crashes were fatal. While these figures represent a decrease over 2010, SEMCOG says "they are still too high."
"We're all in a hurry these days and especially distracted with cell phones and text messages, construction and congestion," SEMCOG Executive Director Paul Tait said in a statement. "This is an urgent reminder: When you’re driving, focus on the road and please remember to stop when the light is red. Even when the light is green for you, make sure that the vehicle with the red light has actually stopped before proceeding through the intersection."
Do you think running red lights is a problem in Dearborn?