August 15th is the start of National Stop on Red week- Let’s all observe it!

10 Aug

red light running causes crashes

Red light running causes hundreds of deaths and tens of thousands of injuries each year. Red light violations cause roughly 10% of all traffic fatalities. An estimated 133,000 were injured in crashes that involved red light running, and more than half of those killed were pedestrians, bicyclists, or occupants in other vehicles.
Most people run red lights because they are in a hurry, when in fact they only save seconds.
• Almost all drivers (96%) fear being struck by a red-light runner.
• Majority of Americans (56%) admit to running red lights.
• Red-light runners can be any one of us who drives.
A crash caused by a driver who runs a red light is more likely to result in serious injury or death.
• Deaths caused by red-light running are increasing at more than three times the rate of increase for all other fatal crashes.3
• More people are injured in crashes involving red-light running than in any other crash type
A recent study of urban crashes found that red light running was the most common type of crash (22 percent). Of those accidents, injuries occurred in 39 percent of them. Over 93 % of drivers believe that red light running is a serious hazard, but around 23% admitted to doing it in the past month. Among drivers involved in 2012 fatal red light running multiple-vehicle crashes, the red light runners were more likely to be male, younger, and have prior crashes or driving convictions.
All of us must take responsibility for our driving and it’s important for employers to encourage safe driving among all of their employees by displaying posters or including safe driving tip paycheck reminders. Employees should take the responsibility to avoid impaired driving and plan their schedules to allow extra time when commuting to avoid the need to rush. Of all traffic accidents, red light running is the most preventable, and it needs to be everyone’s priority. This is especially important now that school is starting up.

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