Intersections are the city’s highest accident locations and the cause of the accidents are often due to drivers running red lights, following too close and failing to decrease their speed upon approaching an intersection. Drivers need to be reminded that a yellow light signals the driver to prepare to stop, not accelerate in an attempt to “beat the light.” Even if a driver accelerates and manages to enter the intersection before the light turns red they are still subject to a $150 citation for failing to decrease their speed.
A red light citation in Sparks is also a $150 fine and four points on your driving record. If a driver receives three or more red light citations within a year their drivers license will be suspended and they will be required to re-test to get another license.
The officers for this campaign are being paid by a grant awarded by the Department of Public Safety, Office of Traffic Safety.