The Wisconsin State Patrol has some straightforward advice for motorists: obey traffic signals. If you do that, and others do as well, car accidents, injuries and fatalities will all drop significantly.
State troopers warn that a failure to obey signals and signs at intersections can be a matter of life and death.
Nearly 20 percent of all traffic fatalities across the nation are caused in crashes at intersections. Far too often, those crossroads collisions are caused because a driver failed to obey the traffic signals.
In many cases, impatient drivers will attempt to make a left turn as the traffic light turns red, putting themselves at great risk of being hit by a driver going through a traffic light that has just turned green.
"Whether traveling on rural roads or city streets, drivers must be cautious and focused at intersections to prevent crashes" a Wisconsin State Patrol spokesperson told a media outlet recently.
Collisions in intersections have a significantly greater likelihood of resulting in serious injuries or fatalities to motorists because the crashes are often on the driver's or passenger side of the vehicle; sides where the protection of the vehicle is weakest.
The spokesperson said one of the keys to avoiding intersection crashes is to stop at yellow lights rather than trying to beat the coming red light.
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Source: Northland's News Center, "WI State Patrol Law of the Month, Obey Traffic Signals," Aug. 7, 2012