National Stop on Red Week Decries the Perils of Red-Light Running
by KBB.com Editors | August 3, 2009 10:52 AM
Hoping to make drivers even more mindful of the dangers inherent in failing to obey traffic signals, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has declared this "National Stop On Red Week". Despite increased enforcement efforts by police and the rising use of red-light cameras at particularly high-risk intersections, FHWA data shows that people are more likely to be injured as the result of this kind of avoidable violation than in any other type of crash. It also reports that 40 percent of all crashes take place at an intersection and that the number of fatal vehicle incidents at traffic signals continues to rise faster nationwide than any other type of vehicle-related deaths. Related data generated by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) indicates that red-light running was responsible for 154,000 injuries and more than 900 deaths across the U.S. The IIHS also found that the driver or passengers involved in these crashes sustained injuries 45 percent of the time as opposed to 30 percent for all other types of auto accidents. The risks are especially high during vacation time when more vehicles are on the road and rising temperatures contributes to shorter tempers, so do yourself and everyone else a favor, and stop on red.