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Outreach Support: Implementing a Stop Red-Light Running Program

Red-Light intersection with mountain - Photos by Brian Malone (used with permission)In 1995, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) created the Stop Red-Light Running Program to help educate the public on the dangers of red-light running and increase enforcement at a grassroots, community level. A key platform of this effort is National Stop on Red Week, which takes place annually the first week of August, and during which communities across the country bring national visibility to this deadly traffic problem and step up enforcement efforts.

In 1998, DaimlerChrysler and the American Trauma Society (ATS) joined the FHWA to bring the program nationwide. Since its inception, the Stop Red-Light Running program has been piloted in numerous communities, with an average decrease in red-light running in those communities of 15%. While this partnership is no longer active, FHWA makes all of the materials developed to help communities launch successful Stop Red-Light Running programs available. Communities with successful programs launch an annual marketing and enforcement “campaign,” often in conjunction with National Stop on Red Week, to combat red-light running.

Stop Red-Light Running programs are intended to be unique to each community, based on its readiness to implement the program and its local planning calendar. However, all programs should follow a logical sequence of events. Each community can build their program upon national events for increased media attention and public awareness.

The following Step by Step Guide links can help both new and experienced Stop Red-Light Running program coordinators successfully implement a public information and education program/campaign in their community.

Resources

Marketing/Outreach Support Materials
Government and community leaders are welcome to reuse the materials developed to implement a Stop Red-Light Running Program or Campaign at the State or local level using the Step-by-Step Guide referenced above.

Ten Activities for National Stop on Red Week
The success of this week depends on local efforts around the country. This link provides a list of 10 activities you can coordinate to help promote National Stop on Red Week in your community.

Page last modified on September 4, 2014.
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