Tulsa police cracking down on red-light runners

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Reported by: Farron Salley
Updated: 11/14/2013 6:40 pm Published: 11/14/2013 4:15 pm

Police are cracking down on those red-light runners.

The Tulsa Police Department is issuing $200 tickets for red-light violations.

FOX23's Farron Salley rode along with Traffic Officer Harold Goad.

He's on the lookout for people who make intersections dangerous by running red lights.
"When anybody enters the intersection and the light is turning yellow at the time that they enter, there should be more than ample time for them to cross the intersection prior to the light turning red," he said.

But if you try to speed to beat the red, officers are ready.

"We were down at 81st and Memorial a couple of weeks ago, and we wrote 25 tickets in about an hour and a half," he said.

FOX23 talked with drivers in the area who agreed it was a problem; some even admitted to running lights.

"I usually try to make it, I'll step on it a little bit more, but not too much," said one driver, Julian Guzman.

But that makes drivers like Bobbie Sullivan nervous.
"I hope that they realize I am going to stop and not go through. Like, I'm stopping, watch my brake lights," said Sullivan.

"Anytime that you turn right on a red light, you have to come to a complete stop, cease all forward motion before you make your right turn," said Goad.

If not, flashing lights will be the next thing in your rear-view.

Officers told FOX23 they were targeting south Tulsa because the more drivers, the more violations, and the area is going to be busy with the shopping season approaching.

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firemike922 - 11/14/2013 9:55 PM
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I'm amazed at the depth of your perception; you should do some detective work. Obviously you know more than the average Joe Blow, especially if you are linking traffic fines for violating traffic laws to cops allegedly getting more green if they catch more bad guys. Amazing! And honestly, if these guys really wanted to rack up some arrests, they wouldn't waste their time in South Tulsa...

Unwashed Mass - 11/14/2013 7:53 PM
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Did officers also tell Fox23 that the reason this is being done is because they got some grant money that pays them overtime if they make enough arrests?
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