August 5th marked the 101st anniversary of the first traffic lights. The traffic light was introduced as a way to reduce the number of deaths and crashes resulting from the growing numbers of high-speed cars sharing the road with pedestrians, bicyclists, and other means of transportation.
These days the use of the traffic lights is widespread, and we count on other people to respect driving rules and stop on red. But according to National Coalition for Safer Roads too many people do not stop on red. “In 2009 alone, 676 people were killed and 113,000 injured in crashes that involved red light running. Of the 676 people killed — two-thirds were occupants of a vehicle that did not run a red light, pedestrians and bicyclists.”
To raise awareness of the dangers of red light running the week of August 2 – August 8 was declared National Stop on Red Week.
Among the many aspects of the campaign, one focus is informing people about the Top Ten Reasons to Stop On Red and another is getting public support.
What can you do to help raise awareness?
- Learn about the dangers of red light running
- Watch these video testimonials
- Spread the word on social media
- Take the pledge to stop on red
Safety is important, and we are all responsible for making the right decisions, not only this week but at all times. Running a red light is dangerous, and it could cost someone’s life.