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Red Light Runners Beware!

Sergeant Thomason calls out a red light runner.Troopers ready for the next red light runner.FHP urges motorists to stop running red lights. Last month, troopers conducted a series of enforcement operations targeting those motorists who refuse to stop for red lights.

Troopers in plain-clothes and uniforms in unmarked cars and on motorcycles set up operations at some of the most dangerous intersections and waited.

Each day, motorists who ran red lights at these intersections were issued tickets for this moving violation, which carries a fine of approximately $204.00 and three points accessed against their driver license.

Pictured left, Sergeant Pat Thomason calls out a red light runner and right, Troopers get ready for the next red light runner.

Drivers beware. Troopers are out to catch red light runners all across Florida. To make sure you are not in violation of the law, follow these simple steps:

  • Slow down and prepare to stop when a light turns yellow.
  • Yield to pedestrians.
  • Proceed through intersections with caution even after the light turns green, and be mindful of your own safety.
  • Come to a complete stop before turning right on red.
  • Yield to vehicles making a u-turn when turning right on red.

Top 10 reasons for motorists to stop on red:

  1. Red-light running is dangerous.
  2. Of 13 crash types identified, running traffic controls accounted for 22 percent of all crashes.
  3. Occupant injuries occurred in 45 percent of red-light running crashes, compared with 30 percent of other crash types.
  4. Red-light runners are more than three times as likely to have multiple speeding convictions on their driver records.
  5. An analysis of red-light violation data from 19 intersections in four states found that 1,775 violations occurred over 554 hours, for a violation rate of 3.2 per hour.
  6. Motorists are more likely to be injured in urban crashes involving red-light running than in other types of urban crashes.
  7. A 2005 review of red-light camera studies around the world concluded that cameras reduce red-light violations by 40–50 percent and reduce injury crashes by 25-30 percent.
  8. The T-bone intersection crashes caused by red-light runners create the most severe injuries.
  9. About half of the deaths in red-light running crashes are pedestrians and occupants in other vehicles who are hit by the red-light runners.
  10. In 2006, almost 900 people in the U.S. were killed and an estimated 144,000 injured in crashes that involved red-light running.