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South Jordan PD educate motorists during National Red Light Awareness Week

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Posted at 5:25 PM, Aug 06, 2013
and last updated 2013-08-06 21:18:07-04

SOUTH JORDAN -- South Jordan Police is out in full force for National Red Light Awareness Week ticketing and citing motorists running red lights, this week.

“We really don`t want to be out there to take people`s money, but our goal is to reduce accidents -- to reduce fatalities that we see with running red lights,” said Police Officer Sam Winkler.

Winkler said the city has seen 19 traffic deaths in recent years – five of them were red light related.

The State Highway Safety Office says red light violations claimed 17 lives in 2011 in more than 2,500 accidents.

When motorists come to a red light they are required to come to a complete stop and look.

Winkler said he isn’t writing a lot of citations but he wants drivers to stop when and where they’re supposed to.

“Like I said, it`s just a warning,” the officer said. “Nothing you have to worry about -- just an education.”

Winkler said it’s not about getting a ticket it’s about people’s safety.