Red Means Stop—Celebrating National Stop on Red Week

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Sometimes it occurs because you weren’t paying attention, other times it’s because you are in a hurry. No matter the motivation behind running a red light, that doesn’t make it any less illegal and dangerous. From August 5 through August 11 join Console & Hollawell, P.C. in promoting the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration’s campaign to stop this careless practice. The National Stop on Red Week seeks to raise awareness of the serious issues running red lights cause on our roadways, as well as to promote ways in which you and your community can make a difference in ending this dangerous act.

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You think it would be common sense to stop your vehicle when the light turns red.

Sometimes it occurs because you weren’t paying attention, other times it’s because you are in a hurry. No matter the motivation behind running a red light, that doesn’t make it any less illegal and dangerous. From August 5 through August 11 join Console & Hollawell, P.C. in promoting the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration’s campaign to stop this careless practice. The National Stop on Red Week seeks to raise awareness of the serious issues running red lights cause on our roadways, as well as to promote ways in which you and your community can make a difference in ending this dangerous act.

Across the country strides have been made in recent years to do whatever it takes to reduce red light running, including the installation of red light cameras across the country. However these cameras are not a fool-proof method to discouraging the act.

Edison car accident attorney Richard P. Console, Jr. recalled that the red light cameras in New Jersey were suspended for a short period of time. According to The Star-Ledger, the New Jersey Department of Transportation had to suspend the usage of 63 red light cameras throughout the state after one Edison woman had her ticket overturned when she proved that the township failed to perform necessary maintenance.

“You think it would be common sense to stop your vehicle when the light turns red,” Console said. “Despite the minor glitch with the cameras there are still way too many summonses for running red lights being issued in this state. This not only puts the driver’s own life at risk, but those of everyone he or she is sharing the road with.”

Surprisingly, despite being aware of the cameras, many people are still choosing to run red lights. The Star-Ledger report also explained that from January through June of this year more than $3,700,000 worth of tickets were paid in Newark, New Jersey alone stemming from the red light cameras.

Just how serious is the red light running epidemic? According to the Federal Highway Administration, two out of every three Americans will see a driver run a red light each day. In addition, one in every three citizens in this country knows someone who was injured or killed by a driver who ran a red light, this is on par with the number of people who know someone involved in an accident involving a drunk driver. These statistics thoroughly illustrate the fact that running red lights is as much of a problem, if not more, as drunk drivers.

Each day you should do your part to end red light running by being sure to stop at all red traffic signals. When you see yellow, don’t speed up because you are in a hurry, slow down and do your part to make our roads safer. At Console & Hollawell we see every day the affects a serious accident can have on a victim’s life. Every aspect of their daily living can be impacted in seconds when a driver negligently runs a red light causing a serious accident. We encourage everyone to obey all rules of the road, not just this week, but each time you take on the responsibility of operating a vehicle—safe driving saves lives.

Console & Hollawell, P.C. is a New Jersey personal injury law firm dedicated to protecting the rights of car accident victims who have been injured by drivers who run red lights.

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