Motorists approaching Tamarack and N. Park Lane will notice a change the next time they are at this intersection. Flashing red lights were installed yesterday on top of the poles that currently hold stop signs.
“My priority is the safety and welfare of our citizens, and by installing these devices, my expectation is to lower the number of traffic accidents that are investigated by police at this particular intersection,” said Altus Police Chief Tim Murphy.
About two months ago, Murphy contacted Dan Scott, Electrical Superintendent for the City of Altus. “We discussed my concerns, along with the concerns of many of our citizens, about this intersection. We agreed that installing these red flashing lights would be in the best interest and safety of the citizens of Altus and at a fraction of what a typical traffic control device would costs, $6,000 compared to $140,000.”
These red flashing lights are solar powered and can be seen from several hundred yards away, in all directions, and will warn motorists of the upcoming stop sign.
“I continue to urge motorists to use caution and yield to the vehicle that has the right of way at this as well as all intersections,” said Murphy. “And please drive safely.”