Dearborn Heights police stepping up patrols to catch red light, stop sign runners


DEARBORN HEIGHTS, Mich. – Police are stepping up patrols in Dearborn Heights in August to reduce the amount of drivers running red lights and stop signs.

“Running red lights or stop signs can leave your friends and family members seriously injured or worse yet, killed,” Dearborn Heights Police Department Traffic Bureau Sgt. Nick Szopko said.

Szopko said that in 2015, 26 people were killed and an estimated 3,821 people were injured in Michigan in crashes that involved red light running.

Those caught running a red light or stop sign will be charged with a civil infraction and a fine of up to $150.

Drivers could also be pulled over for going through a yellow light. According to Michigan law, drivers must stop at a yellow light before entering the crosswalk. If the stop can’t be safely made, the driver can proceed with caution through the intersection, Michigan law states.

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