Stop on Red Week AUGUST 7 - 13
Every day, millions of Florida residents get into their vehicles and travel to or from work, home, school and other locations throughout our community. This simple act of transportation, while often just routine, is one that can change a life or lives forever. In the United States, traffic crashes are actually the most significant cause of preventable death and injury, and one of the most dangerous causes of these crashes is red-light running. To further educate drivers about the dangers of red-light running, this week many cities and counties are joining the Federal Highway Administration to spotlight the facts about red-light running. Here are some of the reasons why:
In 2009, 676 people were killed and 130,000 were injured in crashes that involved red-light running.
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.
T-bone intersection crashes caused by red-light runners have the most severe injuries.
A 2005 review of red-light camera studies around the world concluded that cameras reduce red-light violations by 40-50 percent, and reduce injury crashes by 25-30 percent.
Motorists in urban areas are more likely to be injured in crashes involving red-light running than in any other type of crash.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that most Americans - 96 percent - are afraid of being hit by a red-light runner.
Red-light runners are more than three times as likely as other drivers to have multiple speeding convictions on their driver records.
Occupant injuries occurred in 45 percent of red-light running crashes, compared with 30 percent of other crash types.
Two-thirds of drivers in 14 big U.S. cities with longstanding red-light camera programs support their use.
Red-light running is dangerous.
(Source: Insurance Institute for Highway Safety)