Bizarre Braking Leads to Multiple-Car Crash in Detroit

For most drivers, when the brakes don't work, they know it's time to take their car to a mechanic. But for a 24-year-old Detroit man, having bad brakes led him to adopt a bizarre method for stopping his car — using his feet as brakes. He crashed his car twice along the same road — each time hitting two cars when he couldn't stop at an intersection.

Oddly enough, the man was not intoxicated when he did this and he passed all of the field sobriety tests administered by the police. Deputy Police Chief James Berlin summed up the car accident in three words: "moronic decision making."

Red-Light Accident Statistics

Although most drivers are not adopting driving strategies that they picked up from reruns of "The Flintstones", traffic accidents that take place at red lights are far from uncommon in Southeast Michigan. According to the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG), in 2010 there were over 33,000 red-light signal accidents at intersections around the region — over 3,500 of which could have been prevented if the driver had stopped when the light was red. These kinds of accidents resulted in 19 fatalities.

Among the parts of Southeast Michigan that had the most red-light accidents were Ann Arbor, Detroit, Warren and Dearborn.

According to SEMCOG, many of these accidents are caused because drivers simply aren't paying enough attention to the road.

"We're all in a hurry these days and especially distracted with cell phones and text messages, construction and congestion," SEMCOG's Executive Director, Paul Tait, said in a statement. "This is an urgent reminder to focus on the road and please remember to stop when the light is red. Even when the light is green for you, make sure that the vehicle with the red light has actually stopped before proceeding through the intersection."