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With all the tumult in the stock market the past couple of days, you might not have noticed that August 7-13 is National Stop on Red Week. Or maybe you're just surprised that people need to be reminded?
Authorities aren't. The National Coalition on Safer Roads (NCSR) is trying to raise awareness about the dangers of red-light running throughout the week, but it’s an issue that all drivers should pay attention to.
Here are some of the startling facts:
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), red-light running is the leading cause of urban crashes. In 2009, 676 people were killed and an estimated 130,000 were injured in crashes involving red-light running.
Nearly two-thirds of people killed in intersection crashes are pedestrians, bicyclists, or occupants of other vehicles.
The top ten states for red-light related fatalities are: California (104), Texas (79), Florida (62), Arizona (37), New York (29), Georgia (25), Ohio (23), Michigan (23), North Carolina (21), and Illinois (21).
National Stop on Red Week, sponsored by the Federal Highway Administration, has a number of consumer information tools and resources available on the NCSR website. These include facts (infographics) on the dangers of red light running, top 10 reasons to stop on red, videos and a live Twitter NCSR Town Hall on August 10 to learn about how to stop red-light running in your community.
Consumers can also sign up to take the pledge to stop on red, and submit the most dangerous intersection they’ve driven, walked or cycled through.
Changing driver behavior may not be easy, but when lives can be saved and countless injuries prevented, it makes a lot of sense to pay attention to stop for that red light every time.