- Associated Press - Thursday, August 6, 2015

PHOENIX (AP) - Arizona’s top transportation official says motorists who run red lights and stop signs are deadly hazards.

Transportation Director John Halikowski (hal-uh-COW’-ski) says the typical week in Arizona sees one fatal crash and approximately 50 injury accidents caused by drivers running red lights or stop signs.

Halikowski said those accidents are easily preventable if drivers slow down, avoid distractions and stop when they should.

Halikowski says there were at least 26 fatal crashes in Arizona last year in which drivers were cited for disregarding a red light or other traffic signal and 20 additional fatal crashes in which drivers were cited for blowing through stop signs.

And there were at least 2,653 crashes that resulted in injuries because a driver failed to stop at a red light or a stop sign.

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