For Four States July 4th Ranks as Riskiest Red-Light Running Holiday Travel Period
WASHINGTON, July 2, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- For residents of California, Florida, Maryland and Texas, the July 4th travel period ranks as the riskiest holiday travel period of the year for red-light running, according to research from the National Coalition for Safer Roads (NCSR).
The Safer Roads Report 2012: Trends in Red-Light Running ranks the most dangerous holiday travel periods for intersection safety. The 4th of July came in a close second overall behind Memorial Day as the worst holiday for road safety with more than 25,000 red-light running violations during the 4th of July travel period in 2011.
Although 4th of July ranked second highest overall, it is the top-ranked holiday travel period for red-light running in California, Florida, Maryland and Texas.
- California – 42.6% more red-light violations occur during the 4th of July travel period than the lowest ranked holiday travel period in the state (Super Bowl)
- Florida – 39% more red-light violations occur during the 4th of July travel period than the lowest ranked holiday travel period in the state (Christmas)
- Maryland – 38% more red-light violations occur during the 4th of July travel period than the lowest ranked holiday travel period in the state (Super Bowl)
- Texas – 37.8% more red-light violations occur during the 4th of July travel period than the lowest ranked holiday travel period in the state (Super Bowl)
A departure from the overall trend was found in Arizona. The 4th of July travel period ranked lowest in red-light violations when compared to all other holiday travel periods in Arizona.
"Drivers should be extra cautious on the roads during all highly trafficked holiday travel periods," said David Kelly, President and Executive Director, NCSR, and former Acting Administrator of NHTSA. "Statistics about red-light running and overall intersection safety make this fact more tangible and heighten awareness about the risks that dangerous drivers create for motorists, cyclists and pedestrians."
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, intersection-related vehicle accidents caused more than 8,500 casualties in 2011. It is clear that red-light running remains an issue on roadways year round, beyond the peak of violations during holiday travel periods.
For more information on NCSR's Safer Roads Report 2012: Trends in Red-Light Running, please visit http://www.NCSRsafety.org/.
The National Coalition for Safer Roads helps save lives and protect communities by demonstrating how red-light safety cameras can improve driver behavior. NCSR brings together policymakers, community leaders and concerned citizens in support of red-light safety cameras, advocating for their use in cities and communities across the country. The National Coalition for Safer Roads is a 501 (c)(6) industry trade association. To learn more, please visit www.NCSRsafety.org, follow @SaferRoadsUSA on Twitter and on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/SaferRoadsUSA.
SOURCE National Coalition for Safer Roads
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