Blue lights installed at Rock and Kellogg to crackdown on red-light violations

Published: Sep. 30, 2020 at 10:30 AM CDT
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WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) - The Wichita Police Department, in partnership with the Kansas Department of Transportation, has installed blue lights at the Kellogg and Rock intersection to crack down on red-light violations.

The blue lights are illuminated once traffic lights change to red, allowing officers to monitor red-light violations easier in busy intersections, according to WPD.

The department received 12 blue lights, six of which were installed at the Kellogg and Rock intersection.

With the intersection being large and busy, the department said it tends to be a high accident location. So far, 35 accidents, one being fatal, have been investigated there. In response to the crashes, two WPD officers said they had enough and came up with an idea that is now saving lives.

WPD Community Policing Officer Seth Creighton explained that drivers on one side of the intersection would approach a red light in instances when the light on the other might still be green.

Because of this, officers said drivers would run the first red light and have an accident. WPD Community Policing Officers Creighton and Chris Chrisman brought forth their idea to help.

'So, we tried to change the timing where that one would stay red longer so that they would have two red lights in front of them," Creighton said.

Chrisman said Kellogg and Rock Road is still a high-risk intersection, but there is progress with the addition of the blue lights. Chrisman and Creighton said accidents at the intersection are happening less often because of the one-and-a-half second delay between both lights.

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