SACRAMENTO, Calif., July 31, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- August 3-9 is National Stop on Red Week, and the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) is reminding Californians to slow down, stop for red lights and stop signs, and practice safe driving now and at all times throughout the year. Stop sign and red light running caused 141 deaths in California in 2011, along with over 20,000 serious injuries.
"Innocent lives are lost every day when drivers recklessly or inadvertently run red-lights," said OTS Director Rhonda Craft. "Most of the time these incidents happen because the driver is in a hurry to get to their destination, but it's important that all drivers remember that being late is infinitely better than losing their life or injuring others due to a careless decision."
Half of the people killed as a result of running red lights or stop signs are not the violators, but innocent parties including passengers, other motorists, pedestrians, and cyclists. Due to these startling statistics, OTS is reminding all drivers to ALWAYS STOP on RED. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety offers the following reasons to Stop on Red:
"Red light crashes can be prevented by remaining alert at all times," said Craft. "Remember to observe posted speed limits, obey all traffic signs and signals, keep your focus on the road, and ALWAYS stop on red."
For more information on National Stop on Red Week and other tips on staying safe behind the wheel, visit the California Office of Traffic Safety at www.ots.ca.gov, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at www.nhtsa.gov, and the Federal Highway Association at www.fhwa.dot.gov.
Chris Cochran (916) 509-3063