GLENDALE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -- The Phoenix metro is one of the worst in the country regarding red-light running crashes and deaths. The City of Glendale is hoping to change that.

Traffic engineers are testing new technology at the intersection of 63rd and Peoria avenues. It's called Wavetronix Advanced Detection - a radar-based system designed to take the guesswork out of yellow lights and prevent red-light running crashes.

City traffic engineer Tony Abbo said if a car is approaching an intersection and is in the dilemma zone when a signal is about to change, the system will evaluate the car's speed and distance. It then decides whether to extend the green light a few more seconds, allowing the vehicle to make it through safely.

"What it's doing is making calculations inside the signal box to determine if additional green time needs to be added to help that vehicle go through the intersection," said Abbo. "What it's supposed to do is help drivers negotiate passing through the intersection."

Glendale is the first Valley city to test out the WaveTronix technology, but it may not be the last. If data shows a reduction of red-light runners here, additional systems are expected to go up at other intersections.

"We're hoping to deploy any technology that will help reduce the number of crashes and reduce the severity of the crashes," said Abbo. "That's the goal we have."

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