Stopping on Red and Saving Lives in South Florida

Red-light runners kill hundreds of people and injure tens of thousands more each and every year.  As a matter of fact, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) reports that there were close to 715 people who died and another 118,000 who were injured in accidents in which someone ran a red light in 2011.

Our West Palm Beach car accident attorneys urge you to better understand the importance of intersection safety by participating in National Stop on Red Week 2013.  This is a week-long safety campaign that aims to raise awareness about the dangers. This national safety campaign always takes place during the first full week of August and will be taking place this year from the 5th through the 11th.  Each day of the week is dedicated to different safety aspects, useful statistics and information and heartfelt messages from supporters. The tools and resources you need to promote National Stop on Red Week in your community are available through the National Coalition for Safer Roads’ website.

Who’s Running Red Lights?

-A recent report of more than 1,200 red-light safety cameras in 18 different states and more than 140 municipalities determined that drivers ran through those red lights about 2.5 million times.

-Most (more than 30 percent) of the red-light violations occur in the afternoon from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

-Drivers were least likely to run red lights during the evening hours, more specifically between 10:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m.  Less than 10 percent of all red-light violations occur during this time.

-Friday is the day where we see the most violations while Sunday is the most inactive.

-In the study, Memorial Day weekend was the highest ranked holiday travel period, with close to 26,790 red-light running violations in 2011 – a more than 25 percent increase in violations compared to the average weekend.

 This week-long safety campaign was first started back in 1995 by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).  This is a clear sign of just how serious the problem has become.

But we’re reaching beyond the drivers to help address this problem.  Officials with the FHWA are asking schools, radio stations, TV programs, movie theaters, local and state government and billboard companies to join the fight.  There are so many ways we can work to get this done together.  If you’ve got a company, consider a paycheck reminder.  We’re encouraging local employers to develop paycheck reminders announcing the week and providing safe driving tips.

Saving a few minutes per trip is simply not worth endangering innocent lives. Unfortunately, it’s not just the perpetrators who pay the price. Two out of every three fatalities are inflicted on pedestrians and occupants in other vehicles who are hit by STOP sign and red light runners.

Any and all contributions help.  If we can save one life, our job has been a success.  Join us and spread the word today!

If you or someone you love has been injured or killed in a car accident, contact the Hollander Law Firm for a free and confidential consultation to discuss your rights.  Call (888) 751-7770 today!

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