The National Coalition for Safer Roads (NCSR) is partnering with organizations and communities across the country to take a stand against red-light running and promote safe driving habits during National Stop on Red Week, August 4-10, 2019.
Created by the Federal Highway Administration, National Stop on Red Week aims to educate drivers about the dangers of red-light running and to reduce the number and severity of traffic crashes.
“Red-light cameras save lives. They are designed to change bad driving behavior and help reduce the collisions caused by red-light runners,” said Melissa Wandall, President of the National Coalition for Safer Roads. “We need every safety tool and everyone to work together in order to cut down the insatiable heartache on our roadways.”
Between 2004-2016, an estimated 10,125 people were killed in crashes related to red-light running according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). In 2017, 880 people were killed and an estimated 132,000 were injured in crashes involving red-light running.
NCSR’s ten reasons to stop on red:
- RED-LIGHT RUNNING CAN BE FATAL.
- One in three Americans know someone who has been injured or killed in a red-light running crash.
- Between 2004-2016, an estimated 10,125 people were killed in red-light running related crashes.
- On average, two people died each day in red-light running crashes in the US in 2017.
- Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for US teens.
- In 2017, 132,000 people were injured in crashes involving red-light running.
- Over half of the deaths in red-light running crashes are pedestrians, bicyclists and occupants in vehicles other than the vehicle running the red light.
- Nearly 93 percent of drivers say it is unacceptable to go through red-lights, yet nearly 43 percent admitted to doing so in the past 30 days.
- The most common type of urban crashes involve drivers who run red lights, stop signs and other traffic controls.
- Red-light running is often a result of aggressive or distracted driving and is completely preventable.