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Drivers Caught Running Red Lights

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(10/11/2005)

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A red traffic light means stop. Many people in one city often do not stop at red lights. Police there pulled over 50 drivers one afternoon for red light violations. They gave these drivers tickets. These tickets can cost a person up to $338.

Lots of people slow down instead of coming to a complete stop at red lights. Some people call this a California or Hollywood stop. Those kinds of stops are against the law. The law states that you must come to a complete stop at a stop sign or red light.

Police hope that by giving drivers tickets it will help them remember to stop at red lights. Cameras were also placed at 11 intersections to photograph red light violators. This will help catch people who fail to stop at red lights. If they are caught not stopping at a red light, a picture is taken and a ticket is mailed to their home.

(This was adapted from an original story provided by News10 KXTV Sacramento.)

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