Red Light Runner? Better Avoid These Intersections In Amarillo Then.
So the longer I live here, the more I notice things.
One of the things I just can't get past is how often people like to ignore the color of a traffic light.
I constantly find myself saying "where is APD when you need them?", and I also don't jump off the line at the sight of green like I used to.
For example, just the other day, I watched someone breeze right through a light that had been red for a good three seconds. They were well aware that the light was indeed red and still just strolled right through it.
I suspect that that behavior just might be why there are more red light cameras in this city than I saw ANYWHERE in Austin. I would kill to see how many drivers are caught on these cameras on a given day.
There's a super easy way to avoid getting popped by the camera. It's pretty simple...stop trying to beat the red light.
But if you just can't bring yourself to fight the urge to get through the yellow light, at least know where you CERTAINLY shouldn't do it.
WESTBOUND I-40 FRONTAGE RD & COULTER
Here's a spot that sees quite a bit of traffic. I can see why they'd have red light cameras here. People flying down the frontage road attempting to beat the light while a lot of traffic is lined up to go on one of Amarillo's main streets. Don't even think about it here.
NORTHBOUND AMARILLO BLVD & TASCOSA RD/GEM LAKE RD
Amarillo Blvd is also the I-40 Business Route, so aside from just normal, everyday travelers, you'll get a lot of semi trucks and business type vehicles. This can cause pure chaos if there's an accident here due to a red light runner.
WESTBOUND AMARILLO BLVD & N PIERCE ST
Here we are back at another Amarillo Blvd. intersection. My statements from above hold true, and the reasons we need the cameras there.
SOUTHBOUND S TAYLOR & SE 10TH AVE
A lot of businesses in this area which will always lead to relatively high traffic loads. The ironic part here is this is right by the Potter County Vehicle Registration office. Not the place to get snapped as you're on your way to get your tags. There are traffic cameras going the other way too here, so it's fully covered no matter what direction you're headed.
NORTHBOUND BELL ST & PLAINS BLVD
A busy intersection almost all the time due to its location near I-40. It's one of the first intersections you can arrive at once exiting the highway. Maybe you got stuck in traffic on the highway or just don't want to sit and wait, this is a popular one to pick up the speed on.
NORTHBOUND S GEORGIA ST & 26TH AVE
Ok, this one I can personally attest to. This is located where I do my shopping at Market St. This area DOES get busy...and frustrating. There's a lot of lights on Georgia once you get off I-40, and you get sick of waiting at them. Just don't choose this one to be impatient at.
WESTBOUND SE 3RD & S BUCHANAN ST
Speaking of a lot of traffic lights, this is right next to the Amarillo Civic Center (the building in the lower left hand corner). Downtown is notorious for traffic lights, so by the time you reach here, you've had enough and decide waiting at another one isn't an option. I'd pick a different one if you want to break the traffic laws.
SOUTHBOUND N PIERCE & AMARILLO BLVD
Once again we circle back to Amarillo Blvd. Do I need to elaborate on how much traffic travels through Amarillo Blvd? If I were you, I'd just stick out the lights all the way down it.
SOUTHBOUND S GRAND & I-40 WESTBOUND FRONTAGE ROAD
Now here's a good one. I had never really traveled into this area until my kids started having baseball games at Rick Klein. What a nutty area for traffic. There is CONSTANTLY a good amount of cars on the road, even at 9:30pm. Run a red light here and you could pay the consequences...both with damage to your car and a picture ticket. This is another intersection that cameras are installed all the way around, so just sit tight here.