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Dangers of Running Red Lights

In order to get a New York driver's license, everyone has to pass a test based on that Driver's Manual quoted above. However, many New Yorkers still won't stop. Sometimes, red light violations are the result of "cutting it too close" and trying to race the light. These violations are not necessarily intentional, but they are the result of poor judgment. Other times, New York red light violations are caused by a blatant disregard for the law and for other drivers. According to a survey conducted by the National Campaign to Stop Red Light Running, the most common reason given for failure to stop at a red light was "being in a hurry." Whatever the motivation behind the act is, running a red light is dangerous. When your light is red, the traffic on the cross street has a green light. That means cars coming the other way do not expect you to be in the intersection, greatly increasing the likelihood of a collision.  


According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, in 2006 almost 900 people died nationwide in auto accidents caused by red light running. Almost 144,000 people were injured in these types of crashes as well. According to the National Campaign to Stop Red Light Running, the most common cause of urban automobile accidents is failure to stop at a red light.


Another reason that running New York red lights is so dangerous is the type of crashes it causes. Most collisions that are caused by red light running are T-bone collisions, where the front of the vehicle running the red light collides with the side of the vehicle that is legally in the intersection. Since the weakest part of any vehicle is the side, t-bone collisions are often more severe than other types of collisions of comparable force. Just imagine having a ton of steel collide with your driver's side door while you are in the car!

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