BALTIMORE — AS I watched on the morning of May 8, my wife came close to being killed by a southbound car that ran a red light at the corner of St. Paul Street and University Parkway. The walk signal was in her favor. She stepped into the street, and a car ran through the red light, missing her by inches. I witnessed this near-tragedy because my car was waiting for a green light on Greenway, a parallel southbound street.
On the mornings of May 13, 14 and 15, I went to the same corner and did my own study of drivers running the red light. I recorded license numbers, too. Here's what I found:
May 13 -- 8 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. -- nine violations.
May 14 -- 8:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. -- nine violations.
May 15 -- 7:30 a.m. to 8 a.m. -- 15 violations.
My analysis clearly showed that one or two cars speed through the late yellow or red light nearly every time it changes.