Traffic Control Signals — STO #13: The bottom line is to stop on red when entering an intersection while a red light displays is illegal, and dangerous.

In 2012, the US Department of Transportation reported more than 1,000 Americans die each year in red light running crashes, and more than 80,000 are injured.

Obviously, there are times when the traffic light changes after you are in the intersection, and it would be impossible to stop at the appropriate place. In addition, it may be difficult to stop prior to entering the intersection depending on the size of the vehicle load, so drive with caution as you approach an intersection. (Inclement weather conditions are not an excuse for failure to stop, as you should travel at a speed at which you may stop effectively.)

Your vehicle should remain behind the crosswalk or stop line — whichever is furthest from the traffic light until the traffic light changes to green. Finally, “creeping” into the intersection will not cause the light to change any faster, but blocking a crosswalk or entering the intersection while the light is red may earn you a ticket.

In McPherson, these are moving violations punishable by a $60 fine and $78 Municipal Court cost.

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