Red light runners out in spades over Memorial Day weekend

On behalf of Law Offices of Elia J. Castranova posted in car accidents on Friday, May 25, 2012

It’s common knowledge that Memorial Day weekend is one of the deadliest of the year for car accidents. There are lots of drivers out on the highways, on their way someplace fun to kick off the summer season. But new data shows that you might want to be extra cautious at intersections in less busy areas, too.

That’s because more drivers run red lights over the holiday weekend than they normally would. According to a study conducted by the National Coalition for Safer Roads, the number of red light violations is 27 percent higher on Memorial Day weekend than an average weekend. For the study, 142 areas were studied in 18 states for all of last year. About 2.3 million red light violations were detected. If applied nationally, that comes to about 1.2 violations per second.