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Red light always means stop, authorities report

August 21, 2013
Lehigh Acres Citizen

In an effort to promote traffic safety, the Lee County Sheriff's Office wants to remind motorists that National Stop on Red Week takes place during the month of August.

Sheriff Mike Scott and law enforcement officials around the country use the week to educate drivers of all ages on the dangers of running a red light.

Driving is a privilege that comes with personal responsibilities, which include staying alert and paying attention, especially at intersections.

According to the National Traffic Highway Safety Administration, here is why:

- You or your loved ones are more likely to be injured due to a red-light running related crash than any other type of crash.

- An estimated 165,000 people are injured annually by red-light runners.

- One in three people claim they know of someone who has been injured or killed in a red-light running crash.

- Red light runners are drivers of all ages, economic groups and gender, and most offenders say they will run a red-light if they are in a hurry.

Residents are encouraged to follow these tips to help reduce their chances of being involved in an accident:

- When approaching a signalized intersection you should always be prepared to stop on red.

- After stopping, you may turn right on red only if the way is clear of pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorists, and there is no sign posted that prohibits right turns on red.

- Allow time for unexpected traffic incidents so you don't feel the need to rush.

The goal is to "arrive alive."

If you would like to learn more about the "rules of the road" or freshen up on your driving skills, the Lee County Sheriff's Office offers free educational programs designed specifically for older adults and teen drivers.

Contact the LCSO Community Relations at (239) 258-3280 for information on the "Seniors Driving Safely" program, "CarFit" or the Teen Driving Challenge.



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