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BSO WANTS YOU TO HIT THE BRAKES FOR NATIONAL STOP ON RED WEEK

DATE: July 31, 2014                                                         PIO NUMBER: 14-7-37

                                                         

People are more likely to be injured in a red-light-running crash than any other type of crash, and since someone runs a red light every 20 minutes in this country, the Broward Sheriff’s Office will be conducting enhanced enforcement this week during National Stop on Red Week.

National Stop On Red Week

August 3 - 9, 2014

Stop On Red Week, created by the Federal Highway Administration, is dedicated to educating Americans about the dangers of red-light running, which leads to an estimated 165,000 injuries each year nationwide. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration:

  • There are about seven fatal crashes and more than 1,000 injury crashes daily at signalized intersections nationwide.

  • Half of the people killed by red-light runners are not the signal violators. They are passengers, other motorists or pedestrians.

  • One in three drivers reported running a red light in the past month, but 93 percent of drivers believe doing so is unacceptable.

“Stopping on red saves lives and prevents tragedy,” BSO Sheriff Scott Israel said. “There is no excuse for any driver to run a red light.”

Media note: Media interested in arranging a ride-along with a BSO Regional Traffic Unit deputy during National Stop on Red Week can contact the Public Information Office at (954) 831-8300 or email mediarelations@sheriff.org.    

                                                                       

This report by:                                                                            

Dani Moschella/PIO

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