Is saving a few seconds of travel time worth the potentially deadly price of running a red light?
August 2-8th is National Stop on Red Week, which is a one week awareness campaign, sponsored by the National Coalition for Safer Roads (NCSR). This week provides an important chance to promote intersection safety. NCSR is partnering with organizations and communities all over the U.S. to raise awareness about the hundreds of unnecessary deaths and injuries that are the result of red light running accidents each year. Some sobering facts about red light running include:
- Nationwide, more than 3.7 million drivers ran a red light in 2014
- In 2013, 697 people were killed and an estimated 127,000 were injured in crashes that involved red light running
- Drivers most frequently run red lights in the afternoon, with 30% of all red light running violations in 2014 occurring between 1 pm – 5 pm
- Friday proved to be the worst day for intersection safety in 2014 – safety cameras caught 596,518 total red light running violations – while Sunday saw the fewest violations, with 473,695 total
- Memorial Day weekend was the highest ranked holiday travel period, with 37,800
- One in three Americans know someone who has been injured or killed as a result of somebody running a red light
- About half of the deaths in red light running crashes are pedestrians, bicyclists and occupants in other vehicles that are hit by the red light runners
Intersection safety is an extremely important aspect of road safety in every community. Safety is the responsibility of every driver, every day. Adopt-A-Highway Litter Removal is all about road safety and we are happy to spread NCSR’s message of “STOP on RED”! Really, is a few minutes’ worth the risk?