Across the United States in 2014, 2,665 red light cameras caught 3.7 million drivers running a red light!
The National Coalition for Safer Roads campaigns that every driver stop at every red light. After accumulating data on driver behavior and accidents records over several years, they have discovered that a large portion of drivers have ran a red light.
In 2013 (latest data available), "697 people were killed and an estimated 127,000 were injured in crashes that involved red light running." (www.ncsrsafety.org)
Because of such high numbers, the NCSR campaigns to stop on red and provides a top ten list for why stopping at each red light is important.
Top 10 Reasons to Stop on Red:
1. Red light running is dangerous.
2. Between 2004-2013, an estimated 7,799 people were killed from red light running incidents.
3. The cost to society of all crashes exceeds $230 billion annually.
4. One in three Americans know someone who has been injured or killed in a red light running crash.
5. Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for children age 4 and the second leading cause of death for children age 3 and 5-14.
6. About half of the deaths in red light running crashes are pedestrians, bicyclists and occupants in other vehicles that are hit by the red light runners.
7. In 2013, more than 697 people were killed and an estimated 127,000 were injured in crashes that involved red light running.
8. Motorists in urban areas are more likely to be injured in crashes involving red light running than in any other type of crash.
9. Red light runners are more than three times as likely as other drivers to have multiple speeding convictions on their driver records.
10. More than 36 percent of drivers continue to run red lights and take risks, despite the fact that 55 percent of the participants said it was a very serious threat and 73 percent acknowledged that running red lights is unacceptable.
Slow down and come to a complete stop at a red light. Look both ways before entering an intersection when the light turns green. These simple things can reduce intersection accidents and people who are injured or killed. Make the pledge to stop on red!