When you were a child, you probably played “Red Light. Green Light.” You learned that green means go and red means stop. Unfortunately, not all drivers stop on red and failing to stop causes deadly accidents.
Running a red light is defined as entering an intersection after the light has turned red. A Federal Highway Administration survey found that more than one-third percent of drivers admit to running red lights. One study found that in a single intersection, drivers ran red lights an average of once every twenty minutes and more frequently during rush hours.
In 2009, 676 people were killed and an estimated 113,000 injured in red light crashes, according the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Fatality Analysis Reporting System. Eighteen of these red-light running fatalities occurred in Missouri, making Missouri one of the 11 most deadly states for red light-related collisions. These lives would not be lost if the driver had observed the “Red light, stop!” lesson from kindergarten.
Why do drivers run red lights? The number one excuse is "I was in a hurry!" Is the minute one saves by not stopping worth the possible loss of life?
Red Light Accident Facts
• Red light running car accidents are most common type of car crash during the day
• Car crashes from red light runners are more likely than any other type of crash to produce injury
• Fatal car accidents caused by running red lights are more likely to occur on urban roads than any other fatal crashes
Some cities, including Kansas City, are installing red light cameras to help deal with the problem of drivers running red lights. These cameras work! The Kansas City Star in tracked crashes at the first 13 intersections where Kansas City installed cameras. Between 2009 and 2010, the number of red-light running crashes decreased by 67 percent; injury wrecks were down 42 percent; rear-end wrecks were down 20 percent; and total wrecks were down 26 percent.
In St. Louis, red-light running violations decreased by 80 percent in intersections where the city installed red light cameras. In other cities, red light cameras have been less effective.
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