National Stop on Red Week

National Stop on Red Week If you’ve ever run a red light and looked quickly into the rear view mirror, wondering if anyone saw you, you probably already know how dangerous it is. By running a red light you could potentially run into another person who was jumping a green light or running a red themselves. These types of dangerous situations are what prompted the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to create National Stop on Red Week.

Beginning in 1995, the Stop Red-Light Running Program helps bring awareness to the dangers of running red lights and asks that local law enforcement step up prosecution for those who choose to run red lights. National Stop on Red Week happens once a year in August, and this year it’s August 15th to September 1st, 2014.

During National Stop on Red Week, each individual community is encouraged to participate and become part of the national initiative. Maybe people in your community are not aware of the dangers of running red lights or they feel they are low risk for a crash. Bringing awareness at the local level can encourage those who run red lights, whether they are late to work or stressed, to slow down and maintain a steady course.