It's hard to ignore the hustle and bustle of downtown Phoenix during the week.
There is something else city officials hope is hard to ignore -- red lights.
"It is completely preventable and it is something we have a problem with," explains a traffic engineer with the City of Phoenix.
According to a new study from The National Coalition for Safer Roads , Phoenix is the second most dangerous city when it comes to red light running.
Red light running is such a huge problem, and honestly, it is one of the most preventable types of crashes.
Phoenix has seen plenty recently across the Valley.
Most notably, last month, Phoenix police say a 14-year-old was under the influence when he blew through a red light at 67th Avenue and Van Buren .
Two people were seriously injured, including a 4-year-old girl who was thrown from the SUV she was riding in.
There are over 1,100 traffic signals, so there are 1,100 places for people to run red lights. Multiply that by the hundreds or thousands of cars each day through each red light, and the results can be disastrous.
Streets that have more red light running crashes include Thomas Road, McDowell Road, and 35th Avenue.
Some areas are improving, others not. Inattention. In a hurry. Distracted driving. Impairment. The list goes on and on why people run red lights.
The impact on victims and their families is immediate.
The results can be catastrophic. Please be careful.
If you are the first car in line, when your light goes green, pause and look. Even if you are not at fault, when an accident happens, everyone loses.