No tolerance for red light runners

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Updated: 11/22/2012 10:32 pm Published: 11/22/2012 9:46 pm

Black Friday means crowded stores and congested streets that could cause car accidents.

Tulsa Police report the leading cause for car crashes in Tulsa are red light violations.

That’s why drivers will notice more Tulsa Police cruisers patrolling the 71st Street Corridor.

TPD says there will be no warnings for drivers running red lights.

"There are too many of us out there all wanting to do the same thing and they are just not paying enough attention,” said shopper Vickie Hoskins from Sapulpa.

She said drivers are distracted by electronics.

“What bothers me more than anything is seeing people on their phones and not paying attention," said Hoskins.

There are also the drivers who put the pedal to metal.

"Are we really in that big iof a hurry? Can we not wait a couple of seconds?" said shopper Corbet Witham who drove from Henryetta.

He also notices drivers turning without giving notice.

"There are these things on cars, I don't know how long they have been around, I think quite a while. They are called turn signals that people don't generally use," said Witham.

Tulsa police report in certain areas of Tulsa such as the 71st Street Corridor, traffic is expected to double, even triple for the next few weeks.

Mingo Valley Division police officers will be patrolling the 71st Street Corridor targeting red light runners and giving no warnings only tickets.  

"That half a second really isn't going to make that much of a difference," said Witham.

On 71st Street near Woodland Hills Mall right after the east bound traffic light, FOX23 News waited for the west bound light to turn red and headed east.

Most traffic signals on 71st Street are synchronized. The next light turned red. Meaning, red light runners won’t be getting anywhere faster.  

"When they go flying past you and then get right in there, congratulations you went one car ahead," said shopper Krystle Walden from Tulsa.

This a helpful reminder from police but Santa will also be watching.

"Nobody needs anything that bad that you want to cause an accident,” said Hoskins. "We just need to be more courteous." 

If you are caught running a red light that’s a $200 fine and running a yellow light is a $150 fine.

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DrJKH - 11/27/2012 9:44 PM
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girlmontag: Put down the crack, you're hallucinating again. There is no such thing, legally, as a "stale yellow light." There is NO LAW AGAINST, nor is there a penalty for, running a yellow light at ANY point. That is what everyone is upset about. That, and police hypocrisy. And please, the primary problem by far that causes traffic crashes is drunk driving, which doesn't get enforced much. These cops are going for revenue and that's all. Period. Tulsa is well known to have an out of control crime problem that the police are doing NOTHING about, and a do nothing DA that can't wait to make a plea bargain to let real criminals out on the street, yet throws the book at law abiding citizens for very minor, harmless infractions like speeding and running yellow lights. So, get a grip and an education. Wake up and smell the corruption of local government.

girlmontag - 11/27/2012 2:25 PM
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@unwashed mass: "In years past they would be at these same areas directing holiday traffic. Bringing in revenue must be more important than actually doing something that improves safety." This is a joke, right? Because some idiot running a red light when my kids and I are going through an intersection or someone flooring it to make it through a stale yellow light in perhaps dangerous weather (snow and ice, people) isn't promoting safety? Don't think I really have to say anything more.

DrJKH - 11/26/2012 8:05 PM
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It seems that Tulsa police don't understand the yellow light. Surprise, surprise. Go catch some real criminals. No taxation by citation!

Mayor Maynot - 11/23/2012 10:10 AM
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If they wanted to give tickets then all they really need to do is watch any crosswalk. Drivers have the right of way not pedestrians. Whoa snap I forgot, cops violate the crosswalk laws too. Busses and other city vehicles. Every city driver.

aleman - 11/23/2012 9:09 AM
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Hell,everyday I see them run lights right in front of cops and they just set there,I motioned one setting beside at a light to go after one and all he did was look aggravated and mocked me,it's a revenue gig and that's all.

Mayor Maynot - 11/23/2012 12:57 AM
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Selective enforcement. TPD only gives tickets to those that they choose !!! Saw a TPD cruiser dance around a group of cars 15-20 that were illegally parked. If you are the elite richy rich in Tulsa you have a golden pass. TPD, still judge jury and executioner. Criminal under cover of law in Tulsa. Business as usual with TPD !!!!!

Unwashed Mass - 11/22/2012 11:25 PM
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In years past they would be at these same areas directing holiday traffic. Bringing in revenue must be more important than actually doing something that improves safety.
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