The Tyler Police Department will be a part of a Selective Traffic Enforcement Program, or STEP, within the city, searching for red light violations in targeted areas of Tyler from now until Jan. 15, 2018.
According to police, their participation comes due to the increased volume of traffic during the holiday season, which causes drivers to become more impatient.
Those impatient drivers tend to run red lights, and that may result in a crash, causing injuries.
In 2017, officers from the Tyler Police Department issued 3,749 citations for red light violations. The Tyler Municipal Court fine for running a red light is $301.
Over 160 crashes in Tyler in 2017 were caused by someone running a red light.
This STEP program is a state-funded grant that provides increased traffic enforcement for law enforcement agencies who take part in it within the guidelines.