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Coalition Calls on Drivers to Stop Before Running Red Light

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Although running a red light is commonplace on America's roads, it's extremely dangerous.

There are estimates by the National Coalition for Safer Roads that this practice is responsible for over 9,000 deaths during the past three years.  In fact, it's believed to be the leading cause of city traffic accidents.

Red light cameras have been effective in cutting down motorists zooming through intersections, but as a reminder about the consequences, the NCSR has designated this week as National Stop on Red Week.

Its outreach director, Melissa Wandall, tragically knows first-hand what can happen when people don't obey the law.  Her husband was killed by a driver who ran a red light.

According to Wandall, "Red light-running, when you kill somebody, it's negligent, it's tragic, it's innocent lives being lost and it is preventable."

Her coalition has also set up a website,, to give motorists information about the promotion and what they can do to reduce accidents, injuries and deaths.

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Study: Fatal Car Crashes at Intersections Going Down 

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(ITASCA, Ill.) -- The number of fatal car crashes resulting from running red lights at intersections is going down, according to a new study released Thursday by the National Safety Council.

Analyzing data from all 50 states and Washington, D.C., the study found that fatal, red-light running crashes at intersections went down by 27 percent between 2005 and 2009.  This reduction also coincides with one in the number of fatal crashes at intersections with traffic lights, which decreased by 17 percent during the same time period.

The analysis does say, however, that the number of non-fatal crashes entering and leaving intersections is slowly increasing, mostly by rear end collisions -- a possible indication drivers are slamming on brakes to avoid running the light.

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