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RED LIGHT

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If You Run a Red Light You are Betting More than You can Afford to Lose

Few things will stop you faster in life than a crash because you ran a red light...or were hit by a red light runner.

"Red-light violators likely do not realize that even low speed (30 mph) side impact crashes can be deadly. Because of the relatively thin protection along the side of a vehicle, a large amount of force is transferred directly to the victim."

— John K. Cumming, M.D.
Trauma Surgeon
Hennepin County Medical Center, Minnesota

IF YOU RUN A RED LIGHT YOU ARE RISKING:

DON'T SQUEEZE THE LEMON

(Don’t race through a yellow light!)

A yellow light at an intersection should last long enough that a vehicle traveling at the posted speed can either:

or

LEARN YOUR STATE LAWS!

GET SMART!

Penalties for red-light running and signal violations can vary by State.

"More than half of drivers say driving is less safe today than it was 5 years ago — a 17% increase from only one year ago. Nearly half cite driver distraction as the reason."

Source: 2010 Traffic Safety Culture Index

TEN THINGS...

...We Bet You Didn't Know About Red-Light Running

  1. You or your loved ones are more likely to be injured due to a red-light running related crash than any other type of crash.
  2. Running a red light or other traffic control is the most common cause of all urban crashes.
  3. Someone runs a red light an average of every 20 minutes at urban intersections.
  4. In the last decade, red-light running crashes killed nearly 9,000 people.
  5. An estimated 165,000 motorists, cyclists, and pedestrians are injured annually by red-light runners.
  6. Half of the people killed by red-light runners are not the signal violators – they are passengers, other motorists, pedestrians, and cyclists.
  7. Nearly 93% of drivers believe running a red light is unacceptable, yet 1 in 3 drivers reported doing so in the past 30 days.
  8. There are an average of 7 fatal crashes and over 1,000 injury crashes EVERY DAY at signalized intersections across the United States.
  9. The cost to society of all crashes exceeds $230 billion annually.
  10. The tragedies and costs resulting from red-light running are preventable!

Do Your Part to STOP Red-Light Running Tragedies

Stop on Red — Nobody Dead:

Protect Yourself and Your Loved Ones from Red-Light Runners:

Take it To Heart:

Car crashes rank among the leading causes of death in the United States...and are the leading cause of death for children, teens, and young adults up to age 34.




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Page last modified on September 4, 2014.
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