simple. Red means stop!
Wanda English Burnett, Editor
This week has been declared Indiana Stop on Red Week
by Governor Mitch Daniels. This declaration is an effort to prevent
dangerous crashes that occurred last year when motorists disregarded
the red light, killing 13 Hoosier motorists and injuring nearly
INDOT Commissioner Karl B. Browning said, Red light running
crashes are a serious problem, and the tragedy here is most of these
crashes are completely preventable. He further noted that
red light running is often the result of aggressive or impatient
driving. Drivers who run red lights dont understand
their dangerous decision can change, or even end, a life.
In 2006 there were 2,772 red light running crashes in Indiana. According
to statistics from the INDOT, 1,835 people were injured and 13 killed.
Besides losing a life, the cost of running a red light is estimated
at $14 billion a year.
Information from INDOT noted that motorists are more likely to be
injured in a red light running crash than in any other type of crash.
In 45 percent of the crashes, occupants of the vehicle were injured,
compared to only 30 percent injured in other types of crashes. These
crashes are more serious because they occur at higher speeds and
are typically side-impact or head-on collisions.
While drivers who run a red light say they do so because they are
in a hurry, they really are only saving 47 seconds.
Drivers are encouraged to begin driving in a manner that prevents
red light crashes this week and continue with the habit. Some safety
Be patient. Brake for yellow lights. On average, running
a red light will save you just 47 seconds.
Leave early. If youre not rushing to get to your destination,
youll be less likely to run a red light.
Enter cautiously. Wait for the intersection to clear and
look both directions before entering an intersection - even if the
light is green.
Look closely. Make sure you look at the color of the light
before you enter the intersection - dont just go because the
car ahead of you is going.
Take responsibility. When youre driving, youre
not just responsible for your own life - the lives of your passengers
and other motorists depend on your good decisions.
WANDA ENGLISH BURNETT PHOTO
The stoplight at the intersection of US 50 and US 421
in Versailles is a busy one. Businesses located on the
corners include McDonalds, Marathon Mini Mart, and soon
to be CVS. This makes the intersection a busy place. Motorists
are urged to stop on red and not try to beat the light.