Police plan crackdown on red-light runners

May 01, 1994

An aggressive campaign to deter motorists from running red lights kicks off tomorrow when law enforcement officials from Harford, Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Howard, Montgomery and Prince George's counties and Baltimore City meet in Columbia to announce details.

Funded with federal highway safety money and supported by Gov. William Donald Schaefer and the State Highway Administration, officers will work overtime to crack down on drivers who run red lights during peak business hours on weekdays, Harford government officials said.

The campaign will have Harford deputies in unmarked vehicles posted at five to 10 sites throughout the county.

They will identify violators for uniformed deputies a short distance away who will make the traffic stops and issue tickets.

Helicopters equipped to observe a traffic signal's change to red also will be used to spot violators.

Enforcement efforts will move from site to site, officials said.

Drivers found not to be wearing seat belts will be cited for fTC violating occupant restraint laws, officials said.

Police officials say that motorists running red lights cause between 3,500 and 4,000 accidents annually, including 20 to 25 fatal crashes.

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