|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.