Between August 2nd and 8th, the National Coalition for Safer Roads, other organizations, and communities throughout the country will recognize National Stop on Red Week. This important movement is designed to raise awareness about the dangers of red-light running. When a vehicle fails to obey traffic light signals and runs a red light, the risk of injury or even death is greatly increased for motorists, passengers, and the other individuals sharing the roadway.
7 Reasons Running a Red Light Could Cost You
Running a red light can result in significant injuries, possible death, and extensive financial losses. The following are seven reasons why running a red light is dangerous for anyone on the roadway:
- By running a red light, you are more likely to be involved in a car accident and suffer an injury. This is because other vehicles on the roadway expect you to stop in accordance with the rules of the road.
- Between 2000 and 2009, nearly 9,000 people were killed in an accident caused by running a red light.
- Injuries can also occur due to running a red light. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety estimates that 165,000 motorists, cyclists, and pedestrians are injured each yearas a result of someone running a red light.
- Sadly, it is often not the person running the red light that is hurt as a result. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety estimates that half of those killed as a result of the running of a red light are not the people who actually violated the traffic signal.
- Running a red light is an all too common activity. The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety reports that one out of every three drivers admits to running a red light within a 30-day period.
- The costs of red light accidents are not just physical. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that these accidents cost society more than $230 billion annually.
- Red light accidents occur every day. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that on average, seven fatal crashes and 1,000 injuries occur every day in the United States as a result of someone running a red light.
In order to reduce the number of red light accidents that occur, awareness of this important message must be spread. We encourage you to help us share this valuable information by posting a link to this article on your social media accounts today!