The roads of the SouthCoast get pretty crazy in the summer – between trying to make the ferry for the islands in New Bedford or setting out for WaterFire in Providence, following the traffic laws are what keep summer safe for all.
A common cause of car and motorcycle crashes is distracted and reckless driving. When a driver chooses to ignore traffic laws, they put everyone at risk. One of the most dangerous and frequent of these violations is the failure to stop for red lights. This is why the National Coalition for Safer Roads (NCSR) has designated this week (August 5 through August 11, 2019) as National Stop on Red Week.
Sponsored by the Federal Highway Administration, National Stop on Red Week aims to educate drivers about the dangers of red-light running and to reduce the number and severity of traffic crashes.
Here are the Top 10 Reasons to Stop on Red:
- The leading cause of death for U.S. teens is motor vehicle crashes.
- On average, two people died each day in red-light running crashes in the United States in 2016.
- One in three Americans know someone who has been injured or killed in a red-light running crash.
- Between 2004-2015, an estimated 10,111 people were killed in red-light running related crashes.
- 39% of people are injured in crashes in which motorists run traffic controls.
- In 2017, 880 people were killed and an estimated 137,000 were injured in crashes involving red-light running.
- The most common type of urban crash involves drivers who run red lights, stop signs and other traffic controls.
- A large portion of drivers (42.7%) admitted to driving through a stoplight that has just turned red when they could have stopped safely in the past 30 days.
- More than half of the deaths in red-light running crashes are pedestrians, bicyclists and occupants in vehicles other than vehicle running the red light.
- Red-light running can be fatal.
Show your support by using #StopOnRed2019
If you have been injured in a crash because someone failed to stop at a red light or stop sign, call Dussault & Zatir today at 508-999-2000.