Thursday, August 7, 2008
Are you a red light runner?
Yesterday I almost received a parking ticket for blocking the city sidewalk at my parents house. I was shocked and angry that you can get a ticket for briefly leaving your car across a sidewalk. I guess I knew you could receive a ticket but didn't think a police officer would actually give you one. Lesson learned. I decided since I was given a "warning" it is my civic duty to raise public awareness, this is kinda like my community service.
Did you know that every year there are around 171,000 crashes caused by running red lights and of those 887 people lost their lives in 2006 due to red light runners. These crashes also cost the public 14 billion dollars a year. You can learn more about how you can help The National Campaign To Stop Red Light Running.
So the next time you are at a traffic light DO NOT RUN IT, it could cost you your life or someone elses. And when you are sitting at a green light wait a few seconds before proceeding, just in case someone decides to run a red light. I always wait a few seconds before I go and get so annoyed when other drivers honk for me to go, you see it wouldn't be them getting hit, it would be me.
So my tip of the day is Drive carefully and remember RED means STOP!
Do you have a safety tip?