Feb 6, 2013 6:00 PM by Tony Spehar - firstname.lastname@example.org
Colorado Springs Police are stepping-up traffic enforcement in an effort to reduce preventable accidents at some problem intersections.
The Specialized Enforcement Division's Motor Unit has selected a number of intersections with an above average number of crashes and injuries. Small teams of officers will now be stationed at the intersections to increase the visible presence of officers to encourage drivers to obey traffic laws.
According to police, the two leading causes of accidents are drivers running red lights and making improper left-hand turns.
"We have several large intersections and everybody knows that as traffic gets congested you may have to sit through more than one cycle of a traffic light," explained Sgt. Lance Lazoff. "So they start pushing that light and that's when we start having some of the accidents."
Sgt. Lazoff said the department simply wants to make intersections safer and the focus is not on writing tickets. Still, on Tuesday officers wrote 47 citations in less than three-hours while conducting enforcement at the intersection of Austin Bluffs Parkway and Academy Boulevard.
The increased enforcement will be conducted at various intersections throughout the year.