411 Pain Red-Light RunnersRED MEANS STOP... GREEN MEANS GO
As young as kindergarten children are taught about traffic lights and its 3 signals.
Green means go, yellow means slow down, and red means stop. It's that part of
the concept that millions of drivers struggle with every year. Using elementary math
that adds up to millions of red-light running wrecks annually.
RED LIGHT ROULETTE
411 Pain calls this traffic hazard avoidable and recommends against taking the risk.
Drivers who play the game of red light roulette are not only gambling with their lives,
but also the lives of the public at large. The Federal Highway Administration
estimates half of the people killed in red-light running crashes are not the offenders
but innocent victims forced to share the roads with the dangerous drivers.
CAUGHT ON CAMERA
Florida is among half the states in the country implementing photo enforcement
technology to put the brakes on red-running and to slow speeders. The two violations
work hand in hand leaving us all vulnerable on roads where we have the right
to expect to ride safely. 411 Pain points out, while municipalities are spending millions
for "Caught on Camera' technology, the problem can be resolved without spending a penny.
If drivers could let their conscience be their guides and simply stop when they see red lights
or red octagon shaped stop signs.
THE TROUBLE WITH TECHNOLOGY
While red light camera and video technologies can prove to be a deterrent, they
also bring with them the potential for other serious motor vehicle accidents.
Fearing a pricey fine that can come with running a red light, many drivers stop abruptly
at noticing the cameras only to wind up a catalyst in a rear end crash.
411 Pain warns rear-end crashes, even at low speeds, can leave all involved with a range of
chronic and painful injuries. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety,
those injuries include brain insults, head and neck trauma, and spinal chord injury.
Newer model vehicles now come equipped with impact protections like head restraints and
airbags. The measures are preventative but failure to use them properly can leave drivers
and passengers vulnerable to serious injury or even death.
411 Pain's final recommendation, drive to arrive alive. Obey all traffic laws,
beware of your fellow motorists, and if you get into an accident remember
after you call 911 call 411 Pain.