Across the United States, red-light running fatalities are on a decline – down 21 percent since 2007. Red-light safety cameras have helped to positively change driver behavior in over 550 communities and continue to deter red-light runners and save lives.

However, the problem persists and lives are lost because of dangerous decisions made by reckless drivers. Let this video compilation of red-light running collisions in 2012 serve as a reminder to keep aware when approaching an intersection.

Please take the time to pledge to STOP on RED in 2013 and encourage your loved ones to do the same. It’s a New Year’s resolution that benefits everyone sharing the roadways.

 

The National Coalition for Safer Roads (NCSR) helps save lives and protect communities by demonstrating how red-light safety cameras can improve driver behavior.

The Safety Street weekly news roundup brings together a mix of road safety and transportation stories from around the web. It is published weekly on Safety Street and is available on Twitter via @SaferRoadsUSA.

Iowa Transportation Experts Talk Camera Enforcement and Other Road Safety Measures
The University of Iowa Public Policy Center’s vehicle safety research director, Dan McGehee, and Shauna Hallmark, associate director at the Institute for Transportation at Iowa State University, join Iowa Public Radio host, Ben Kieffer to discuss transportation safety. In addition to exploring red-light safety cameras in Iowa cities and towns, they discuss increased installations of roundabouts, driving in snowy and rainy weather, texting while driving, the usage of headlights and blinkers, and crashes on rural roads.
Source: Iowa Public Radio

Fines from Red-Light Runners May Fund 24/7 Anti-Crime Patrols
Hudson County Freeholder Bill O’Dea of Jersey City is making the most of red-light safety cameras in his community. O’Dea has requested that the Hudson County Sheriff’s Office use camera violation funds to implement a permanent anti-crime patrol along the perimeters of a local park.
Source: The Jersey Journal

Red-Light Running Crashes Down Since Cameras Installed, Data Shows
Collier County in Florida notes that crashes caused by red-light runners have gone down locally since red-light safety cameras went up. In the three years after the county installed the cameras, there were about 25 percent fewer crashes caused by red-light runners than in the three years before, according to statistics from the Sheriff’s Office.
Source: Naples Daily News

Knoxville Implements Four New Red-Light Safety Cameras
Four intersections in Knoxville are set to receive red-light safety cameras. The new systems will be installed over the next few weeks as Knoxville Police Department plans to alert the public of the cameras and allow for a grace period before violations are issued.
Source: WBIR-TV Knoxville, TN

LETTER: Montgomery County Should Embrace Red-Light Cameras
The Executive Director of EMStar Ambulance in Pennsylvania voices his support for red-light safety cameras, noting the harsh reality his paramedics witness firsthand at the scene of traffic collisions.
Source: The Times Herald, Montgomery County, PA

 

The National Coalition for Safer Roads (NCSR) helps save lives and protect communities by demonstrating how red-light safety cameras can improve driver behavior.

During the travel period surrounding Christmas last year, nearly 20,500 drivers ran a red light. As people head home for the holidays, there is a heightened amount of traffic on the roadways. It is important to be extra cautious and aware of risks that come along with high volume holiday travel periods.

These risks include red-light running, distracted driving, speeding and drunk driving.

In 2011, 395 people were killed in alcohol-related collisions during the last two weeks of December alone. An average of 25 people per day in the month of December die in drunk driving crashes, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Be mindful of the greater risks on the road as this year comes to an end and remind friends and family members to do the same.

WINTER AND HOLIDAY TRAVEL RESOURCES:

NHTSA’s “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” Holiday Campaign

NHTSA Campaign Awareness Materials

Winter Driving Tips

NCSR REPORT ON HOLIDAY TRAVEL TRENDS:

Safer Roads Report 2012: Trends in Red-Light Running

The National Coalition for Safer Roads (NCSR) helps save lives and protect communities by demonstrating how red-light safety cameras can improve driver behavior.

The Safety Street weekly news roundup brings together a mix of road safety and transportation stories from around the web. It is published every Wednesday morning on Safety Street and is available on Twitter via @SaferRoadsUSA.

New York Magazine: Global Traffic Trends Making Urban Streets Safer
New York Magazine takes a look at technologies and methods that are improving roadway safety across the world. From pedestrian-sensitive traffic signals to bike boxes and raised crosswalks, cities across the globe are turning to innovation to make their streets safer.
Source: New York Magazine

Melissa Wandall: Drivers Think It’s Their ‘Right’ to Run Red Lights
NCSR’s Melissa Wandall opens up about the loss of her husband in a red-light running collision, the reason she became an advocate for road safety, and the real dangers of not stopping on red.
Source: InsuranceQuotes.com

Department of Transportation: “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” This Holiday Season
The U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood aims to remind everyone to be smart and safe on the roads this holiday season with a new holiday campaign “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over”. In the last two weeks of December 2011, 395 people were killed in alcohol related crashes.
Source: Fast Lane: Official Blog of the U.S. Secretary of Transportation

School Bus Cameras to Catch Negligent Drivers in Georgia Community
The Houston County Board of Commissioners in Georgia approved an agreement Tuesday that paves the way for installation of cameras on school buses to catch drivers who ignore bus stop signals. The decision to implement school bus cameras in their community comes from great concern for the mass amount of motorists who pass buses when the stop sign is out and children are loading or unloading.
Source: The Telegraph – Macon, GA  

New Automated Traffic Enforcement Cameras Coming to County in Iowa
Polk County in Iowa has taken a step towards safer streets with the decision to bring automated enforcement cameras to their streets. The County’s new cameras will likely appear on roads in spring of next year.  To keep the community informed, a weekly notice about the camera locations is expected to be released to the public.
Source: KCCI NewsChannel 8 – Des Moines, IA  

 

The National Coalition for Safer Roads (NCSR) helps save lives and protect communities by demonstrating how red-light safety cameras can improve driver behavior.

We take precautions every time we get in a car. We put our children in specially designed seats. We latch our seat belts. We keep our eyes on the road.

But, we can’t control the driving behavior of others. This compilation of red-light runners, crashes and near-misses is a timeless reminder about the real dangers we face on the streets.

Reckless drivers affect innocent drivers, pedestrians and cyclists that share the roadway. Take a look at the video below, share it with others and join countless supporters who have taken the pledge to always stop on red.

 

 

The National Coalition for Safer Roads (NCSR) helps save lives and protect communities by demonstrating how red-light safety cameras can improve driver behavior.