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Warning: Red-Light Runners Peak on Friday Afternoons

Did you know that millions of drivers run red lights across this nation every year? Although all motorists know that running red lights is against the law and can lead to intersection accidents that cause serious injuries and fatalities, many drivers continue to speed through them. Now, a new report reveals a trend in red-light violations.

According to the Safer Roads Report 2014: Trends in Red-Light Running from the National Coalition for Safer Roads (NCSR), more than 3.5 million drivers across 20 states ran red lights in 2013. NCSR was able to collect this information from red-light cameras throughout 20 states and analyzed the data. What they found may surprise you, including the following data and trends:

  • Red-light runners were more frequent on Fridays, with 570,151 red-light violations.
  • Sundays had the least red-light running violations, with 439,323.
  • Afternoons between 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. ranked the most frequent part of the day for running red lights, with 1,070,572 red-light violations occurring during this time period.
  • Memorial Day had the highest red-light running violations over this holiday travel period, with 39,021 violations.
  • Halloween had the lowest number of red-light violators over a holiday period, with 28,902.

What Does This Mean for Pennsylvania Drivers?

Drivers in Harrisburg, and elsewhere throughout the country, have the highest chance of being in a crash with a red-light runner on Friday afternoons. As a result of this data, it is important to constantly stay alert while traveling through intersections and to never run red lights.

In order to improve intersection safety and reduce intersection accidents, please share this information on Facebook to help remind motorists to stop at red lights.