Drivers Taking Risks Without Warning?

RENO, NV - A change in a warning light may or may not be responsible for more cars blowing through a yellow light at an intersection south of town. Residents in the area of Mount Rose Highway and Wedge Parkway say since a warning light was taken out farther down the road, traffic going west does not have a chance to stop at the light.

There used to be a yellow-warning light on the Mt. Rose Highway just before the Wedge Parkway intersection.

Much like the light on the east bound lanes for drivers coming off the mountain.

But since Nevada Department of Transportation took the west bound light out couple of months ago, residents in the area say more cars are going through the yellow light.

“I think it should go back to the way it was. It just seemed like it worked better, it just seemed like it,”: says Julie Buckler a driver in the area.

Of more urgent concern, Galena High starts up on Monday.

One student we talked to says he sees the cars speeding through the intersection.

He wonders what lunch time at the school will be like since students like to go to the shopping center across Wedge Parkway.

“We drive down to lunch drive down to get lunch and drive back, and you don't want to get hit getting to school, that wouldn't be good,” says Trendon Oldridge an incoming sophomore.

NDOT says it has no plans on re-installing the west bound flashing yellow.

Engineers say the straight a way is clear enough for drivers to see the light well ahead of time.

The question is, would it make a difference?

We caught at least one driver traveling eastbound who flew through the yellow.

“It probably isn't uncommon for drivers who see it begin to flash and think they can step up their speed just a tad to make it through the yellow light. I am sure that happens on a regular basis too. With that being a 45 mile an hour speed limit zone, plenty of time for the motorist to see the light cycle, from green to yellow, but to make the proper decision as to whether to stop properly or proceed with caution,” says Trooper Chuck Allen with Nevada Highway Patrol.

Trooper Allen says NHP is often alerted to trouble spots within their jurisdiction, and he says troopers will check out the intersection later in the week after the President's visit.


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