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Sahuarita installs blue light devices to help police catch red light runners

Covered blue light in Sahuarita. (Source: Tucson News Now) Covered blue light in Sahuarita. (Source: Tucson News Now)
Blue lights on traffic lights. (Source: Sahuarita Police Department) Blue lights on traffic lights. (Source: Sahuarita Police Department)
SAHUARITA, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Blue light devices have been installed on six intersections in Sahuarita to help police catch red light runners.

Town officials stressed these devices are not cameras or sensors. They're simply blue lights placed behind the traffic signals closest to the ground. The blue light comes on every time the opposing traffic signal's light turns red.

This allows for police officers to observe from a safer location, giving them a clear view of when the signal turns red.

Right now, the blue lights are on five intersections of Sahuarita Road and one intersection on La Villita.

The town installed them Tuesday, Sept. 20, but officials say you won't see them after today for an undetermined amount of time. They're expected be covered up by the end of the day Thursday, because the town council still needs to vote to allow officers use them. Right now, the issue is not scheduled on any town agenda.

This is all part of a $47 million road infrastructure project funded by Highway User Revenue Funds, local town money, RTA, and grant money. According to Mark Febbo, the town's communication manager, the blue light project cost a total of $5,800.

The Pima Association of Governments conducted a road safety study earlier this year and observed a lot of drivers running red lights. PAG suggested the town implement and test if these blue lights work.

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