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(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, StopOnRedWeek.com, to give motorists information about the promotion and what they can do to reduce accidents, injuries and deaths.

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