HUNTINGTON – Highway Safety Programs across West Virginia will intensify their efforts to reduce the incidents of drivers running red lights and stop signs. Target Red enhanced enforcement runs from August 1 to August 14 and officers will be targeting drivers that fail to stop at red lights and stop signs.
The Williamson Police Department is participating in this program, according to Chief Barry Blair.
Nationally, drivers’ running a red light has become a serious and extremely dangerous problem. Locally, it is no different. Drivers seem to forget the basics of operating their vehicles. Yellow lights do not mean “go fast.” They mean prepare to stop “unless you are already in the intersection.” Drivers are also reminded that right turn on red is permitted only after a complete stop and when yielding to drivers on the green side of the signal.
Regionally, Besides the Williamson Police Department, the Huntington Police Department, the Milton Police Department, the Marshall University Police Department, the Mason County Sheriff’s Department, the Mason Police Department, and the Cabell County Sheriff’s Department will participate in the Target Red Campaign.
The Target Red campaign was first presented in the Beckley, WV area in 2008. During that campaign, red light violations were reduced by 60 percent. Local community businesses are, encouraged to promote the campaign by posting the Target Red message on their electronic and signboards and encouraging employees to wear red shirts on August 3rd, the first full week of the two-week enforcement campaign.
This year’s program is a cooperative effort between the four law enforcement agencies, the West Virginia Governor’s Highway Safety Program and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Officers will be available for comments during the enforcement period event.
The West Virginia Governor’s Highway Safety Program has paid for a service called “TextLimit.” This application can be downloaded onto your iPhone or Android devices. It is “free” for one full year for West Virginia residents and is a truly useful, modern, lifesaving program. To download the application, please visit the site at www.textlimit.com.