Traffic Lights Signal a Problem

By: Erin Tate
By: Erin Tate

A few of Harrisonburg's traffic lights have been rewired for your convenience. But accidents in those areas are on the rise.

Sgt. C.A. Cull-Wright of the Harrisonburg Police Department says, "Some people may not understand it. It works somewhat like a stop sign, somewhat like a red light in that you do still stop for the flashing red."

The Harrisonburg Police Department is investigating what may be a dangerous trend downtown, flashing red lights that may catch drivers off guard.

"We have had accidents at Liberty and Wolfe. Whether that's due to a flashing signal or not, that's being looked at," says Cull-Wright.

But nine accidents at that intersection in the past three months may be pointing to a larger problem. Some say that in an attempt to make traffic smoother, the blinking lights are actually doing more damage.

Saturday's accident is estimated at $16,000. No one was hurt but three cars and the Clark and Bradshaw building have all been significantly damaged. This crash is the first to be reported at the corner of Elizabeth and Liberty. But will it be the last?

"Anytime we have accidents in one particular area we investigate them all and try to see what we can do to help prevent those from happening," said Cull-Wright.

The police department works with concerned citizens and the Harrisonburg Safety Board to alleviate traffic problems. There's no word at this point if anything will be done about the blinking lights.


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