“Here is a modest proposal for a New Year’s resolution. Stop going through red lights.

It’s simple enough. If the light is red, don’t enter an intersection. But it doesn’t always seem so simple in practice. How else can we explain an Insurance Institute of Highway Safety study that shows that crashes involving drivers who ran red lights, stop signs and other traffic controls were the most common type of crash, accounting for 22 percent? Or the Institute statistic that, in 2009, 676 people were killed in crashes involving red-light running and another 130,000 were injured?”