New research is rapidly emerging about the behaviors of red-light runners and about the technology available to aid in putting an end to red-light running in communities across the United States.
Safer Roads Report 2014: Trends in Red-Light Running
NCSR released its second biannual report in May that analyzed data collected from 2,216 red-light safety cameras across 20 states to better understand the trends of when red-light violations occur. It found:
More than 3.5 million drivers received a red-light violation in across the 20 states studied
Drivers most frequently run red lights in the afternoon, with 30.07 percent (1,070,572) of all red-light running violations in 2013 occurring from 1 p.m – 5 p.m.
Friday proved to be the worst day for intersection safety in 2013 – safety cameras caught 570,151 total red-light running violations – while Sunday saw the fewest violations, with 439,323 total
Memorial Day weekend was the highest ranked holiday travel period, with 39,021 red-light running violations in 2013
Red-Light Running and Distracted Driving
In June of 2013, the National Coalition for Safer Roads (NCSR) and FocusDriven launched a joint campaign effort called Stop Distraction on Red to highlight the dangers of red-light running and distracted driving.
To kick off the campaign, NCSR and FocusDriven conducted a joint analysis examining the impact that distracted driving has on red-light running. Stop Distraction on Red: The Effects of Distracted Driving on Intersection Safety analyzed a sample of 118 intersections in 19 communities across the United States over a three-month period. Using the findings from this sample, researchers estimated that a daunting 7.3 million red-light violations in 2012 involved distracted behavior. The analysis also includes distracted driving-related intersection violation estimates for all 50 states and an examination of the impact of bans on cell phone use while driving.
The is an excerpt adapted from the article, “Stop On Red Week 2014.” For more information, please visit www.mass.gov.
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