If there was a monster attacking our cities, injuring children and killing thousands of young adults every year, you can bet Americans would mobilize to hunt down the threat. While that monster is very real, it’s a little closer to home—and won’t be stopped until drivers seriously change the actions they take behind the wheel.
Car crashes are the leading cause of death in the United States for children, teenagers, and adults under the age 30. National Stop on Red Week was created to help everyone understand the dangers of coasting through a red light—and offering a national pledge to stop the practice. During the first week of August, all drivers should take a moment to learn the harsh facts on red-light running:
- What’s wrong? Each day, there are roughly seven fatal crashes in U.S. intersections, and over 1,000 crashes that result in injuries. Running red lights is the most common cause of all car accidents in urban areas, so city-dwellers are more likely to be injured in a red-light running crash than any other type of accident.
- When does it happen? On any given day, a driver will run a red light in the U.S. every 20 minutes. While red-light violations can happen at any time, drivers are most likely to run red lights in the afternoon (between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.). Drivers are more likely to run red lights on Fridays, while Sundays have the fewest red-light violations.
- Who is injured? Over the past 10 years, about 9,000 people have been killed in red-light running crashes, while 165,000 drivers, bicyclists, and pedestrians were injured each year. Most people who are killed in red-light accidents are not the drivers who ran the light, but passengers, pedestrians, cyclists, and other road users.
- Who is doing it? Although most drivers acknowledge that running red lights is dangerous, many still admit to doing it on a regular basis. In addition, people who cause red-light crashes are more likely to have a speeding conviction on their driving records.
Help Us Prevent the Deaths and Injuries Caused by Red-Light Running!
The most important thing that drivers should realize is that these kinds of accidents are completely preventable! Many drivers believe that cruising through a red light will not hurt anyone. You can help by spreading awareness of the campaign and encouraging others to make the right decisions to help keep everyone safe. Please consider sharing this article with your friends and family on Facebook or via email to keep the conversation alive!