Stopping at a red light is a pretty basic rule of the rule, but obeying the traffic light at Horseshoe Bend Parkway and Duckhead Road in the Lake Ozark area appears to be a problem for some.

Stopping at a red light is a pretty basic rule of the rule, but obeying the traffic light at Horseshoe Bend Parkway and Duckhead Road in the Lake Ozark area appears to be a problem for some.

Residents in the vicinity of the intersection are asking drivers to be mindful of this basic traffic safety standard, and the Camden County Sheriff’s Office reminds the public of the importance of obeying traffic laws on all roadways.

Duckhead Road resident Jim Lambert is fed up with all the near misses he and family and friends have had at the intersection trying to turn onto the Parkway. He has even started taping excursions through the area from a dashboard camera.

He recently caught what appears to be a blatant violation of a red light at the intersection recently, witnessing the vehicle ahead of him nearly get struck in the side as it turned left while it had a green arrow. The oncoming vehicle appeared to drive through the intersection in what should have been a red light for traffic on the Parkway.

Lambert copied the Lake Sun on an email to the sheriff’s office in hopes of emphasizing the danger at the intersection to their local law enforcement agency.

“It is by the grace of God and some overworked Guardian angels that no one has been killed at the intersection of Duckhead and HH,” he said in a written statement to the sheriff’s office. “Our luck will eventually wear out and there will be a killing at the light.”

According to Lambert, he has collected over a half-dozen such videos in the past two months, most of which he just allowed to be recorded over. He decided to keep the recording of the incident he provided to police, which occurred around 6 p.m. Saturday, May 12, 2018, because he said he’s simply had enough.

“The driver shown in the video made no attempt to slow down but layed on his horn and drove through the intersection. I guess he’s pretty important in his oversize pickup,” said Lambert.

According to CCSO Captain Chris Twitchel, they are aware that the intersection is a hot spot for such traffic violations, but it is one of many in the county.

The department utilizes saturation patrols and spot checks in this and its other problem areas to try to deter violators. Funding for overtime for such maneuvers is funded through Missouri Department of Transportation grants, says Twitchel, helping the sheriff’s office come up with the resources for more intensive traffic control patrols than it would otherwise be able to do from limited resources. It should be noted that the sheriff's office also has a satellite office in the Horseshoe Bend and an agreement to provide extra service in the area.

Twitchel reiterates that the department will continue to hold spot checks and saturations at problem spots to do the best they can at enforcing safety on county roadways alongside carrying out its other law enforcement functions.