Potential killers

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May 31, 1991|By Robert M. Connor Sr.

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.

These statistics were forwarded to Northern District police, and they are attempting to deal with the problem. However, one officer commented to me on the morning of May 8, when I phoned regarding the initial incident, that it happens at every red light in Baltimore all the time.

Rushing motorists who run red lights are potential killers. I wonder if the offenders realize the seriousness of this deliberate and willful driving violation. I am sure, on occasion, their loved ones wait on corners and may be exposed to this constant pedestrian danger. What can be done about it? The police cannot supervise every traffic light in town.

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