Installing Blue Lights in Bismarck

Published: Jul. 17, 2018 at 6:52 PM CDT
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The City of Bismarck has started installing the blue lights we first told you about in October.

They're called Omni Directional Confirmation lights and they help law enforcement catch drivers who run red lights.

More than 100 intersections are getting these lights across the city.

The project will cost nearly 6 hundred thousand dollars and is funded using federal highway safety improvement dollars.

"It's not about a revenue generation. It's about driver safety. If people just stopped for the red lights like they're supposed to do, we won't have an issue," said BPD Traffic Commander Lt. Jeff Solemsaas.

Solemsaas says since the beginning of the month, BPD has cited 21 people for red light violations.

He says he's unsure how many of those were as a result of the new blue lights.