YUKON, Oklahoma -- Yukon Police are making plans to tackle a growing problem in the City of Yukon. There appears to be a growing trend with motorists disobeying red lights and stop signs, or "rolling" through these traffic control devices at various locations within the city.
A survey of American motorists provides some support of some bad driving habits or lack of knowledge of the rules of the road. GMAC Insurance conducted a nationwide survey last month, revealing that more than one in five Americans, some 36.9 million, would fail a driving test today. The results are actually an improvement from last year, in which 38 million failed the test.
One question on the survey in particular underscores what is a growing problem within the City of Yukon, which is what action should a motorist take when approaching a yellow signal light. Eighty-five percent of those surveyed could not identify the correct action to take when approaching a steady yellow traffic light. The simple and correct answer is stop when approaching a yellow light.
According to the Oklahoma driver's education manual, every driver must stop if you can before entering the cross walk at an intersection. Adjust your speed as you approach so that you can come to a smooth stop if needed. Don't speed up to beat the light. Acting Chief Corn believes, " A great deal of the collisions that are investigated by the officers of the Yukon Police Department are a result of drivers that have attempted to enter an intersection while the light was yellow."
To better ensure the safety of motorists within the city, The Yukon Police Department is planning a series of traffic safety enforcement activities in the near future. The officers will be monitoring the areas within the city that have a high number of collisions and are controlled by signal lights in all directions and will be taking enforcement action in those areas to help reduce the number of injuries and property loss that these type of violations and subsequent collisions cost individuals.