Because people run red lights, safety cameras save lives. I’ve seen red light runners myself and have been scared to death. I wait and look when the light turns green, just to be sure that no one is running a red light. Imagine doing everything right, being sure your car is running well, wearing your seat belt and following the traffic laws when a stranger runs a red light and runs into your car.
A recent study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) found that 113,000 people were injured and 676 were killed in crashes that involved red-light running in 2009 – two-thirds of the victims were pedestrians, bicyclists and occupants of vehicles hit by the red-light runners.
Imagine the horror of someone you love being hit, injured or killed by a stranger running a red light.
Red-light safety cameras helped save more than 150 lives in 14 of the biggest U.S. cities from 2004 to 2008. Had the cameras been operating in all 99 U.S. cities with populations more than 200,000, more than 800 lives could have been saved.
We can do something to help save lives. Slow down and follow all traffic laws, especially remembering that “Red Means Stop”. Text SAFE to 723389 (SAFETY) and we’ll let you know how you can help build support for safer roads. Join the National Coalition for Safe Roads Facebook page and share it with others. Tell others about the importance of red light safety. Follow Safer Roads USA on Twitter and retweet their messages. Request red light safety cameras in your area.