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Law Enforcement Cracks Down on Dangerous Driving Habit

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LAS VEGAS -- When traffic lights turn red police all around the valley say many drivers simply ignore them.

In an effort to get drivers to pay more attention and obey the signals, law enforcement recently teamed up and saturated some of the most traveled intersections.

Within a few weeks, police ticketed hundreds of people. In Henderson and North Las Vegas combined, more than 1,000 citations were handed out to drivers who sped through red lights.

Chrissie Coon with the North Las Vegas Police Department said running a red light can have serious consequences. In many cases people who run red lights aren't just breaking the law, they are putting other lives in jeopardy.

"These crashes are so dangerous because at intersections you typically have cars that are going road speed, 45 to 50, 60 miles per hour. And when vehicles collide in the middle of an intersection at a high rate of speed that increases the chances that someone is going to be seriously injured or killed," said Coon.

Metro traffic officers keep track of the top injury collision intersections in their jurisdiction. Rainbow at Charleston and Nellis at Stewart tops the list.

Trooper Loy Hixson with Nevada Highway Patrol said the goal for the Silver State has always been zero fatalities and by upping patrols, they hope the message will finally sink in.

"When you as a driver take those risky options, when you're out there taking those chances, running a red light, speeding even driving under the influence these are the things preventing people from coming back to their loved ones safely," said Hixson.

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