Kids can make sense of traffic lights. Green means go. Yellow means slow down. Red means stop. Despite the simplicity, many drivers don’t seem to be getting the hang of it.
Red-light running causes serious and fatal traffic accidents every day in South Florida. To help to reduce these risks, officials with the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) are pushing increased enforcement efforts in August. The awareness campaign is held each August to help drivers understand the risks associated with intersection accidents that too often result when a motorist fails to obey a traffic-control device. Enforcement efforts are not only aimed at getting drivers to stop on red, but to help reduce the risks of intersection accidents and to help to protect bicyclists and pedestrians at the same time.
Our Boca Raton personal injury lawyers understand how dangerous intersections can be, especially when drivers pay little to no attention to traffic lights. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) reports that there were more than 2.3 million reported intersection-related crashes, resulting in more than 7,750 deaths and about 735,000 injury crashes in just 2008. More than 95 percent of drivers feel that other drivers running red-lights are a major safety threat. According to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), a third of all drivers claim they personally know someone injured or killed in a red-light running crash.
“As a motorist in Florida, it is our duty to drive responsibly, drive safe and stop on red,” said Col. Davied Brierton with the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP).
During this time, officers with the FHP will be looking for red-light runners at our state’s intersections. You’re urged to be on your very best behavior not only to avoid getting ticketed, but to avoid a potentially costly traffic citation.
Officials with the FHP offer you the safety tips listed below to help you to avoid one of these accidents or citations at an intersection. Remember that these incidents are completely preventable with some responsible driving habits.
Red-Light Running Tips:
-Remember that intersections are some of the most dangerous areas to drive along on our roadways.
-When your traffic light is green, it’s still important to look in all directions for other red-light runners.
-Running a red light isn’t worth the risk. Remember that you may not only be cited, but you can also get into a potentially fatal accident.
-When your traffic light turns yellow, apply the brakes gently and come to a complete stop before you hit in the intersection. You never want to slam on your brakes. This only increases your risks for a rear-end accident.
-Watch your speed at intersections. Follow the posted speed limit. Speeding only decreases your time to react to a potential danger.
-Never tailgate another vehicle. Allow yourself with enough time and space to react to road dangers. Following too closely only increases your risks for an accident.