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VIDEO: Why You Should Not Run a Red Light

This YouTube video was posted by American Traffic Solutions and shows how a New Jersey driver sped through an intersection, clipped another driver, then hit a pole and finally burst into flames. Locally, a recent five-car accident has raised concerns.

Running a red light can have a number of repercussions, and this YouTube video shows several reasons why.

It was posted by American Traffic Solutions and shows how a car ran a red light at a busy Roselle Park, N.J, intersection a few days ago. It not only clipped another car, but rammed into a pole, then flew into the air, and later caught on fire.

Reports say the 29-year-old driver sustained minor injuries and was arrested for DWI. No one else was hurt. Roselle Park Police Chief Paul Morrison told NBC New York: "I want people to realize what can happen when someone runs a red light. By showing this video, we hope people will realize running red lights can have..."

In Aliso Viejo, traffic accidents caused by drivers running red lights have been on the minds of many citizens lately.

Just last Saturday,  left multiple people injured and blocked a portion of Aliso Viejo Parkway for nearly two hours.

Although the cause of the accident is still being investigated by the Orange County Sheriff's Department, the intersection is light-controlled so one of the vehicles could have run a red light, causing the accident.

One Patch reader, Shana Martin, thought the intersection "seems to be very dangerous," while another, Troy, blamed the City Council for "poorly planned streets and intersections."  

However, reader Karen Dutcher said there was nothing wrong with the intersection, just careless drivers. "We get too comfy and start to think it could never happen to us," she wrote. "There is no reason to change anything in that intersection...be responsible. That simple."

Capo Parent Too July 18, 2012 at 04:43 PM
And sometimes accidents just happen. I think Karen is right, we just have to be careful and pay attention. No one wants to have an accident and the remorse you feel afterwards is horrible, I am sure. Unfortunately people don't learn until it's too late.
Jim July 18, 2012 at 06:06 PM
Every motorist in California needs to know about Snitch Tickets, the fake/phishing red light camera tickets sent out by California police to bluff the registered owner into identifying the actual driver of the car. (Corona, Del Mar, El Cajon, Encinitas, Escondido, Garden Grove, Laguna Woods, Los Alamitos, Oceanside, Poway, Riverside, Santa Ana, Solana Beach and Vista use them.) Snitch Tickets have not been filed with the court, so they don't say "Notice to Appear," don't have the court's addr. and phone #, and usually say (on the back, in small letters), "Do not contact the court about this notice." Since they have NOT been filed with the court, they have no legal weight whatsoever. You can ignore a Snitch Ticket. If in doubt, Google the term. And once you understand how tricky a Snitch Ticket is, tell your friends who live in or visit California about them, so that they won't get tricked.
Jim July 18, 2012 at 06:15 PM
When an intersection, like this one, is missing much of the urban junk - brightly lit gas stations, crossing overhead utility lines, commercial signage, bus benches - that usually demarks signalized intersections in urban areas, and people are just totally blowing the light, the city needs to improve the visual cues that say, "signal ahead." Literally! Florida's DOT found that painting "signal ahead" on the pavement cut running by up to 74%. At those same dangerous intersections, make these other inexpensive mods: Make the signal lights bigger in diameter, add backboards to them, put brighter bulbs in the street lights over the intersection, and put up a lighted name sign for the cross street. And if you can afford it - it's not inexpensive - add a signal pole on the NEAR side of the corner.

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