Aggressive driving on busy stretch of road blamed for crashesThursday, April 2, 2009 10:44 PMTHE COLUMBUS DISPATCH
DELAWARE, Ohio—The traffic light along Rt. 23 was “solid red” when Jason Leach watched a semi roll through the intersection and smack a car turning left from the entrance of Highbanks Metro Park.
…The crash was the first fatality along Rt. 23 in Delaware County in the past three years, but red-light running is a frequent problem along the congested four-lane highway, said Lt. David Church, commander of the Delaware patrol post.
…The problems along Rt. 23 are similar to what Columbus police routinely see in heavily traveled commercial areas, such as Brice and Sawmill roads.
“It’s aggressive driving,” said Sgt. Rich Weiner, a Columbus police spokesman. “There’s no place for it. It’s very unsafe.”
Four fatal crashes in Delaware County in 2008 were caused by drivers who ran a red light or failed to yield, the patrol said. Troopers cited 558 drivers countywide for either running a red light or failing to yield. More than half of those offenses – 305 – occurred along Rt. 23, and most were concentrated in the southern part of the county.
There were 38 injury crashes along Rt. 23 caused by drivers running red lights or failing to yield.
Red-light runners plague Rt. 23
April 3, 2009 by John