July 4th Ranks as Second Riskiest Summer Holiday for Red-Light Running

This Independence Day, you may be one of millions of motorists to hit the road and celebrate summer with family and friends. As you head out on the road, please keep safe driving practices in mind and remember to always stop on red. NCSR found that July 4th ranked as the second riskiest summer holiday for drivers when it comes to red-light running – with more than 6,500 violations issued on the holiday alone in 2012. Of the summer holidays, Independence Day came in a close second behind Memorial Day and ranked higher than Labor Day.

In three states – Illinois, Ohio and Virginia – the 4th of July ranked as the riskiest red-light running holiday of 2012. In addition to the traditional summer holidays, NCSR looked at red-light running during the Super Bowl, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve.

Summertime presents drivers with increased risk on the road as more people are driving longer distances for summer travel. In 2012, AAA predicted that 42.3 million Americans drove 50 miles or more during the Independence Day holiday weekend. In addition, drunk driving is often an issue during the summer holidays. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that 780 people were killed during July 4th holidays over the last five years in collisions involving drunk drivers.

An analysis released by NCSR and FocusDriven earlier this summer showed that distracted drivers had a significant impact on red-light running in the summer months of 2012.  The analysis –Stop Distraction on Red: The Effects of Distracted Driving on Intersection Safety – found that more than 1.8 million red-light violations from June through August 2012 were a result of distracted driving. The campaign continues to promote safe summer driving by highlighting the dangers of distracted driving behavior.

While red-light running is prevalent during the summer months, it is clear that red-light running remains an issue on roadways year round. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, intersection-related vehicle accidents caused more than 8,500 fatalities in 2011. NCSR urges all drivers who are hitting the road this 4th of July to take extra precautions while driving, especially in and around intersections.

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