Wednesday, July 3, 2013

I Saw That

When it comes to enforcement of traffic laws, officers utilize several different tools to assist them in doing their job.  Thanks to a study conducted by the University of Kansas School of Engineering, Overland Park officers will have a new tool.

Yesterday, public works crews placed blue lights at the intersections of 75th Street and Metcalf Avenue and College and Quivira.  These blue lights come on when the traffic signal is red.  This allows officers to sit further down from the immediate intersection and take enforcement action on drivers who enter the intersection after the traffic signal turns red (and the light turns blue).

College and Quivira and 75th Street and Metcalf both are in the top 20 accident locations in the city.  I believe that the safety of our citizens and the officers who serve them are paramount to what we do on a daily basis.  This simple, yet innovative system will allow us to safely monitor and enforce traffic violations at two of the city’s busiest intersections in regard to traffic accidents.

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