The intersection on North and State street in downtown Dover, Delaware has been the site of several motor vehicle accidents. Within the past five and a half years, this specific intersection has encountered seven crashes. Many of the accidents have resulted in damage to nearby buildings.
The Latest Crash
One recent crash occurred on April 29, 2019. According to reports, the collision occurred after a driver ran a red light at the intersection. Both drivers were injured the crash and were taken to a local hospital. A nearby office building sustained minor damage from the collision. The office has previous damage from prior accidents that occurred at the scene.
Despite the Delaware Department of Transportation taking action to prevent other accidents from occurring at the intersection, there has been little to no improvement. North and State street was even put on the department’s 2015 Hazard Elimination Program.
Dangers of Intersections
Intersections tend to be dangerous, high-crash areas for a number of reasons, including drivers running red lights. According to the Federal Highway Administration (FHA), there are 2.5 million intersection-related accidents that occur each year. Intersection accidents are the second largest category of motor vehicle accidents, following rear-end collisions. Red-light runners are responsible for over 150,000 intersection-related accidents, including an estimated 800 fatalities.
Delaware’s Intersection Laws
When a driver enters an intersection in Delaware, they should be aware of the laws.
Some intersection-related traffic laws in Delaware are:
- One must yield to oncoming drivers when turning left at an intersection.
- When an intersection does not have any lights or signs, the driver must yield to the driver on their right.
- Drivers must yield to emergency vehicles in intersections. When a driver encounters an emergency vehicle, they should pull over and allow the vehicle to pass them. If the driver is already in the intersection, they should proceed and pull over after passing.
Consequences of Running Red Lights in Delaware
According to Delaware’s traffic laws, drivers are required to make a complete stop when approaching a red traffic light. Failure to do so leads to consequences, including expensive fines, driver’s license points, and even jail time. If a traffic camera catches a driver running a red light, the driver may receive a violation in the mail.
First-time red light runners may receive a fine up $230. If the driver receives another red light violation within two years, they may receive up to $575 in fines. The driver may also face up to 60 days in jail. If an automated camera catches a driver running a red light, the driver will receive a fine for $137.50. There is also a possibility that drivers will receive three demerit points on their driver’s license.
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