As children we learn the importance of what green, yellow and red signify. We have it permanently ingrained in our minds and are constantly reminded of the importance of these three simple colors every day. While being aware of what these colors indicate at such an early age, it would only make sense that we abide by them in adulthood. Unfortunately, one of the most pertinent rules of the road is broken much more than we think.
According to the National Coalition for Safer Roads, more than 8,700 people were killed in intersection-related collisions. Furthermore, “red-light running” is the leading cause of urban crashes in the United States. In 2013 alone, there were more than 3.5 million drivers who received a red-light running violation (Failure to Obey Traffic-Control Device; O.C.G.A. §. 40-6-20).
Due to the alarming numbers of auto accidents, many communities have taken action by employing red-light safety camera programs. This has been a controversial issue as many people believe it is unfair to “ticket” someone by camera and not by a police official. While there may be differing opinions, one cannot avoid the facts. In the last five years, the number of communities who have employed a red-light camera program has increased 154% while fatalities have decreased more by 25%. On a national level, 89% of individuals who have received a ticket from a red-light camera have not received another ticket. One cannot deny the effectiveness of the red-light camera when accidents, injuries and fatalities have decreased.
Here in Atlanta, there have been hit-and-run accidents and a number of pedestrian fatalities as well because drivers haven’t fully stopped at traffic lights. The consequences are unlimited so being mindful of what we learned as children can greatly impact us as drivers and those crossing in front of us.
For those wondering about our community’s red-light camera program, you can click on this link: http://www.photoenforced.com/atlanta.html#.VMvhrS6F2zE
For more information on this article, contact Kaine Law.