On Friday, August 7th, National Coalition for Safer Roads’ President, Melissa Wandall, joins Alert Today Florida and Florida’s Safe Mobility for Life Coalition in promoting National Stop On Red Week, Aug. 2-8, 2015, at an Always Stop on Red…Safety Doesn’t Happen By Accident event in Orlando, Florida. The event will take place at the intersection of SR 438, Silver Star Rd at Hiawassee Rd from 9-11 AM.
The Orlando activity is one of three events in the Always Stop on Red…Safety Doesn’t Happen By Accident campaign that will take place throughout Florida during National Stop on Red Week, a week sponsored by the Federal Highway Administration that aims to educate drivers about the dangers of red-light running and reduce the number and severity of crashes.
The events will be held at local intersections with the highest rate of crashes for drivers age 65+ and pedestrians to highlight the risk of red-light running for this age group. Recent data shows that Florida has a significant problem with pedestrian crashes, fatalities and serious injuries, as well as a large aging population. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), about half of the deaths from red-light running crashes are pedestrians, bicyclists and occupants in other vehicles that are hit by the red-light runners, which is featured on NCSR’s Top 10 Reasons to Stop on Red.
The other two events for Always Stop on Red…Safety Doesn’t Happen By Accident will take place in Jacksonville at US 90, Beach Blvd at SR 109 University Blvd and in Hallandale Beach at State Road 5 and Hallandale Beach Blvd from 9-11 AM.
“To emphasize the dangers of red-light running during Stop on Red Week 2015,” said NCSR President Melissa Wandall, “NCSR is working to mobilize individuals across the nation to take action. We are asking people to change their profile pictures to the Stop on Red icon, pledge to Stop on Red by signing the petition on our site www.StopOnRedWeek.com and show their support via social media using the hashtag #StopOnRed2015.”
For more information about NCSR’s Stop on Red Week daily activities and ways you can get involved, visit www.StopOnRedWeek.com