A 23-year-old woman was speeding on East Colfax Avenue and ran a red light. She had five people in her car and she hit another vehicle with two occupants. According to News 9 Denver, all seven people had to be treated at the hospital.
Running a red light is a serious traffic offense and, as this accident shows, it can have serious consequences. Unfortunately, drivers run red lights millions of times per year. National Stop on Red Week was organized to try to draw attention to the risks and encourage drivers to obey traffic rules.
If you or a loved one is the victim of a collision caused by a driver who failed to stop on red, you should consult with a personal injury lawyer for help pursuing a damage claim.
National Stop on Red Week
The National Coalition for Safer Roads (NCSR) organized National Stop on Red Week, which took place from August 3 through August 9, 2014. NCSR also published a troubling report on the prevalence of drivers running red lights. The research came from 20 different states and revealed that:
- The majority of red light violations happened on Fridays in 2013. In total, safety cameras identified 570,122 red light infractions on Fridays.
- The fewest number of red light violations occurred on Sundays in 2013. In total, there were 439,323 red light violations on Sundays.
- The hours between 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. were the worst for red light runners. There were 1,070,572 violations during this time period in 2013. In total these violations accounted for approximately 30 percent of all of the violations found in the NCSR study.
The NCSR’s page on National Stop on Red Week also indicated that there were 8,700 fatalities at intersection-related collisions over the course of a single year. The Federal Highway Administration has more details on who is losing their lives in red light crashes:
- In 2008, 762 people were killed in collisions that occurred after a red light was run.
- There are 165,000 injuries each year as a result of a driver running a red light.
- The driver who actually runs the red light is the victim who loses his life in only around ½ of fatal accidents.
- One out of every three people says that they know someone who was either injured or who had been killed in a collision resulting from a driver running a red light.
National Stop on Red Week can involve many different activities designed to educate the public about the dangers of running a red light. The Federal Highway Administration suggests:
- Press conferences that involve sharing statistics on red light collisions, injuries and fatalities with the public to increase the level of information people have.
- Events at local school districts where children wear red.
- Coordinating with movie theaters to show a “Stop Running Red Lights” slide before a show begins.
- Coordinated political efforts to get local and state politicians to impose tougher penalties for running red lights.
- Ride-alongs where journalists go with police as the officers make traffic stops.
Finally, the NCSR has a pledge for drivers to sign where motorists can promise to always stop on red every time, in order to save lives.
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