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Study Reveals Shocking Number of Red Light Violations Caused by Distracted Driving

RedlightBy now, most people have seen and heard the message that distracted driving is dangerous driving, and hopefully a lot of people have taken some time to examine their own driving habits to eliminate dangerous activities that raise the risk of car accidents. Distracted driving is as dangerous as it is because it only takes a fraction of a second for someone to take his or her focus off of the road before that vehicle is suddenly causing a serious car accident that can lead to injuries and fatalities. Until this point, most of the analysis regarding distracted driving has not necessarily been tied to specific traffic violations in terms of statistical trends. However, two groups recently came together to study the effects of distracted driving on the tendency to run through red lights at intersections, and these results were measured in several different communities. Needless to say, the results were nothing less than shocking for everyone involved, and people need to be made aware of just how prevalent running a red light is in the United States because of distracted driving. The two groups who completed this study were the National Coalition for Safer Roads (NCSR) and FocusDriven, two advocacy groups that are working to continue to raise awareness regarding distracted driving. These groups studied a total of 118 intersections in 19 different cities over a period of three months, and each of these intersections was equipped with red-light safety cameras. The study found that of all of the people who ran through red lights at these intersections, approximately 12 percent of them occurred because the violating drivers were distracted. That was not the most shocking result that was drawn from this study. When that analysis was expanded to cover the rest of the United States, it was discovered that more than 7.3 million intersection violations occurred during the calendar year of 2012 because of distracted driving. Clearly, this finding should send an immediate message that people need to put much more focus into their driving at intersections. When drivers make mistakes at intersections it leads to extreme danger. Not only do intersections tend to draw crowds, but the limited space and limited escape options available mean that one driver making a mistake can quickly lead to total disaster. If millions of people are not paying attention as they drive through intersections, it goes a long way towards explaining just how dangerous distracted driving is for anyone on the roads at any given time. People who are injured in accidents that were caused by distracted drivers need to take steps to protect their legal rights, but hopefully if enough people see the results of this study it will prompt violators to adjust their habits when behind the wheel. If you are one of the many people who has suffered because of this mistake, contact Bernstein & Poisson today to schedule a free initial consultation.