Washington State Patrol reported a three-vehicle car crash north of Spokane which hospitalized four individuals. The car crash occurred on U.S. Highway 395 when a driver heading north failed to stop at a red light. Her vehicle crashed into a minivan which then crashed into another vehicle driven by a 17-year-old girl. The driver who caused the crash, as well as all occupants in the minivan, were transported to a nearby hospital for evaluation of injuries. Officials reported the 17-year-old was uninjured and able to drive away from the accident.
Consequences of Running a Red Light
Running a red light is likely to be the largest temptation for any driver. However, there are consequences for running a red light. For instance, a traffic ticket or worse being injured in a car accident or injuring someone else. A red-light traffic ticket can result from many different driving maneuvers. For instance, the driver did not stop long enough at a stop sign or while turning right on a red light. All states carry various traffic laws for obedience to traffic control signals and devices. The following are the traffic laws concerning traffic signals in Washington state.
RCW 46.61.050: Obedience to and Required Traffic Control Devices
(1) The driver of any vehicle, every bicyclist, and every pedestrian shall obey the instructions of any official traffic control device applicable thereto placed in accordance with the provisions of this chapter unless otherwise directed by a traffic or police officer, subject to the exception granted the driver of an authorized emergency vehicle in this chapter.
(2) No provision of this chapter for which official traffic control devices are required shall be enforced against an alleged violator if at the time and place of the alleged violation an official device is not in proper position and sufficiently legible or visible to be seen by an ordinarily observant person. Whenever a particular section does not state that official traffic control devices are required, such section shall be effective even though no devices are erected or in place.
(3) Whenever official traffic control devices are placed in position approximately conforming to the requirements of this chapter, such devices shall be presumed to have been so placed by the official act or direction of lawful authority, unless the contrary shall be established by competent evidence.
(4) Any official traffic control device placed pursuant to the provisions of this chapter and purporting to conform to the lawful requirements pertaining to such devices shall be presumed to comply with the requirements of this chapter, unless the contrary shall be established by competent evidence.
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