More than 3.7 million drivers in the United States ran a red light in 2014. A large percentage of these violations occurred during the peak summer travel weekends of Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day, when millions of people are on the road traveling to and from vacations and celebrations.
The National Coalition for Safer Roads (NCSR) recently issued a release with data that revealed an increase in the number of violations that occurred during peak periods of summer travel in 2014.
Red-light running incidents during each of these major summer travel periods in 2014, included:
- Memorial Day: 37,800 violations
- Independence Day: 34,522 violations
- Labor Day: 35,118 violated
Because a number of traffic collisions result from red-light running, the increase in violations reflects a greater risk for those on the road. Between 2001-2013, more than 10,700 people were killed in intersection or intersection-related traffic collisions (NHTSA).
NCSR released red-light violation data from summer 2014 in order to raise awareness about the risk of driving during this time and encourage everyone on the road to adopt the following best practices:
- Practice caution
- Stay focused
- Limit distractions
- Ensure all passengers are buckled up
- Give yourself plenty of time and distance to react to traffic around you
- Drive the speed limit
- Stop at all red lights