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Published August 08, 2012, 06:37 PM

Police begin new "Stop on Red" campaign

Fargo, N.D. (WDAY TV) - This week, all across the country, there is a crack-down an those who "blow through red lights." The campaign is called: "stop on red."

By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY

Fargo, N.D. (WDAY TV) - This week, all across the country, there is a crack-down an those who "blow through red lights." The campaign is called: "stop on red."

As WDAY 6 Reporter Kevin Wallevand tells us, the fine may not be steep but the consequences can be deadly.

In a busy downtown Fargo intersection, it took just minutes before we witnessed what law enforcement is trying to stop.

They think they are running a yellow and then run a red. The red light runners. Those who accelerate and try to beat the red.

Sgt. Bill Ahlfeldt, Fargo Police Dept. “On some of the major roads you are talking 30-35 mph and that can be a devastating crash.”

Years ago people beat a red light by simply speeding through the intersection but these days law enforcement is more concerned now about drivers who don't even know they are going through the intersection.

Distracted driving, whether texting or a long day at work and thinking of something else, distracted drivers will go through red lights also.

8,700 people die each year because of intersection accidents. Red light running is the leading cause of deaths in any city.

There are brutal crashes.

As our metro area spreads out, police say there are even more intersections, more drivers and ignored red lights to be concerned about.

Ahlfeldt: “And it is always a good idea when the light turns green to give it a couple checks before going into it.”

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