.

Study: Driving Dangers Rise on 4th of July

39% more red-light violations occur during the Fourth of July travel period in Florida.

Here's something you may not know: Florida is one of the worst states in the country when it comes to dangerous intersections during the Fourth of July holiday.

The National Coalition for Safer Roads (NCSR) has released its Safer Roads Report 2012: Trends in Red-Light Running, a study that ranks the most dangerous holiday travel periods for intersection safety.  

The Fourth of July is the top-ranked holiday travel period for red-light running in Florida, California, Maryland and Texas.

  • Florida – 39% more red-light violations occur during the Fourth of July travel period than the lowest ranked holiday travel period in the state (Christmas).
  • California – 42.6% more red-light violations occur during the Fourth of July travel period than the lowest ranked holiday travel period in the state (Super Bowl).
  • Maryland – 38% more red-light violations occur during the Fourth of July travel period than the lowest ranked holiday travel period in the state (Super Bowl).
  • Texas – 37.8% more red-light violations occur during the Fourth of July travel period than the lowest ranked holiday travel period in the state (Super Bowl).

“Drivers should be extra cautious on the roads during all highly trafficked holiday travel periods,” said David Kelly, President and Executive Director, NCSR, and former Acting Administrator of NHTSA. “Statistics about red-light running and overall intersection safety make this fact more tangible and heighten awareness about the risks that dangerous drivers create for motorists, cyclists and pedestrians.”

The 4th of July came in a close second overall behind Memorial Day as the worst holiday for road safety with more than 25,000 red-light running violations during the 4th of July travel period in 2011.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), intersection-related vehicle accidents caused more than 8,500 casualties in 2011. 

Thanks to the National Coalition for Safer Roads (NCSR) for sharing this information with us.

St Pete Driver July 04, 2012 at 11:11 AM
The NSCR was created by and is funded by ATS(American Traffic Solutions), the largest red light camera vendor in the country. They basically operated as ATS' public relations arm.
Sunde Farquhar July 04, 2012 at 01:11 PM
Hi St. Pete Driver, Thanks so much for reading Palm Harbor Patch. That is very interesting! I had not heard that before. I'll definitely have to check it out. Thanks for the heads up. Stay safe and have a great 4th of July!

Boards

More »
Got a question? Something on your mind? Talk to your community, directly.
Note Article
Just a short thought to get the word out quickly about anything in your neighborhood.
Share something with your neighbors.What's on your mind?What's on your mind?Make an announcement, speak your mind, or sell somethingPost something
See more »