Thursday, May 26, 2011

Practice Red-Light Safety This Holiday Weekend (and All the Time!)

Memorial Day weekend is almost here, and that means that many families will be on the road. Intersections are some of the riskiest areas to be in because we run the risk of getting hit by a red-light runner. A recent study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) found that 113,000 people were injured and 676 were killed in crashes that involved red-light running in 2009. Two-thirds of the victims were pedestrians, bicyclists and occupants of vehicles hit by the red-light runners. Unfortunately, we can’t control what other drivers on the road are doing, so we have to rely on the police and essential safety equipment, such as red light safety cameras, to help keep us safe.

Red-light safety cameras helped save more than 150 lives in 14 of the biggest U.S. cities from 2004 to 2008. If the cameras had been operating in all 99 U.S. cities with populations more than 200,000, more than 800 lives could have been saved! The National Coalition for Safer Roads has created the video below showing just how tragic the consequences of running a red light can be.

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I hope you’ll visit the National Coalition for Safer Roads on their website, Twitter and Facebook pages for more information about this important initiative to stop red-light running. It could save the life of a loved one or spare a family the heartbreak of losing a life to a tragic intersection accident. And please drive safely this holiday weekend. Don’t run red lights!


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