Photo/Story Gallery 2003
Red Light Runners Beware!
The week of August 30–September 5 has been declared National Stop! Red Light Running Week in an effort to heighten public awareness of this very dangerous traffic violation. The cost of the illegal practice of red light running is extremely high! Besides the tragic loss of human life, red light running places a great financial burden on citizens who must help pay for the damage caused by motorists who simply will not stop at red lights!
Pictured left, Sgt. Pat Thomason watches atop the I-295 over pass to catch red light runners and right, Sgt. Dennis Smith observes traffic from behind a tree as he waits to call out a red light runner.
In 2001, alone, red light runners cost the citizens of Florida approximately $375 million—causing 9,111 crashes involving 107 fatalities and 13,680 injuries.
With these statistics in mind, the Florida Highway Patrol and other law enforcement agencies have joined together in a statewide effort to target those motorists who refuse to stop for red lights. This heightened public education and enforcement campaign is dedicated to raising the public’s awareness of the risks associated with running red lights.
During National Stop! Red Light Running Week this year, troopers and other law enforcement officers, using current crash statistical data, targeted some of the most dangerous intersections in various cities throughout Florida. Each day, motorists who ran red lights at these and other intersections were ticketed with a moving violation.
Pictured left, FHP & Jacksonville S.O. Motor Officers wait to issue citations for red light running and right, Trooper David Bazinet issues a citation for running a red light.
Red light runners beware! The fine for running a red light is $78.00 & up, depending on county costs. In addition, 3 points will be assessed against the driver’s record. During the Stop Red Light operation, uniformed and plain-clothed troopers and other law enforcement officers could be seen riding on motorcycles, waiting in unmarked vehicles, and staked out on foot at specific high traffic areas to observe violators who dared to run red lights. In Troop G (Jacksonville), alone, hundreds of citations were issued to motorists who failed to stop for red lights.