Red light runners more prevalent during Memorial Day weekend

May 27th, 2012 - by DKRPA

The National Coalition for Safer Roads released a new study this week, outlining the increased dangers of people running red lights during Memorial Day weekend. According to the study, in the past year roughly 2.3 million drivers in 18 states drove through an intersection when the light was red.

Measuring those same states, the report found that compared to a non-holiday weekend, Memorial Day weekend has about 27% more red-light runners. Whether Florida was included in the 18 states or not is irrelevant — the fact is this weekend presents a greater car accident risk than any other when it comes to crossing a lighted intersection, so keep your eyes peeled on the road.

The president of the NCSR said that if the data from the 18 states was extrapolated over the entire country, the U.S. would experience 1.2 red light runners every second this weekend. “One of the things you also see on a weekend like this is heavy congestion,” the president said. “So you see people sitting at a light and they may have to wait for a cycle and they don’t want to wait for a second cycle. So they go,” he said, adding that “Yellow does not mean drive faster. Yellow means slow down.”

An official with the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety added to the already dangerous findings of the NCSR. He claims that 676 people died in red light accidents in 2009, in addition to another 130,000 suffering injuries because one negligent driver simply couldn’t wait 30 seconds at a red light.

Source: USA Today, “Memorial Day a peak time for running red lights, study says,” Charisse Jones, May 23, 2012