Drivers may assume that when there's a green light, they are safe to proceed through the intersection, safe from harm. But the National Coalition for Safer Roads says otherwise. Recently, the NCSR compiled a report that shows red light running is widespread and increasing intersection-related car accidents.
The NCSR report, known as the "Safer Roads Report 2012: Trends in Red-light Running," reveals statistics on when and where red-light violations occur and the trends associated.
Data from 1,240 red-light safety cameras in 18 states was analyzed from 2011. The sample, although small, exposes some alarming results.
According to the report, roughly 2.4 million total red-light violations occurred out of those examined. The study also showed the best and worst times drivers ran red lights. For instance:
- Memorial Day weekend was the most dangerous holiday and had the most red-light running violations
- Christmas Day had the lowest number of red-light running violations
- Friday was the worst day for safety and had the most red-light violations
- Sunday was the safest day with the fewest violations
- Afternoon hours between 1-5 pm were the most likely times drivers ran red lights
Statistics from the National Highway Safety Administration also prove that intersection-related car accidents, such as accidents caused by red-light running, are deadly. Information from the NHSA shows more than 8,500 intersection-related auto accident fatalities occurred in 2011.
The NCSR hopes the results of their study will help get the message out to drivers that they should still take caution when proceeding through a green light.
Source: EHS Today, Are Red-Red Light Runners Running Rampant? NCSR Says "Yes!" J.A. Rodriguez, June 27, 2012