There are a lot of reasons people run red lights, and none of them are good ones. When analyzing the risk vs. benefit of accelerating through a yellow or red light, the clear choice is to slow down instead of speed up and then blow through the red light.
Running a red light can result in a costly traffic ticket, points on your driver’s license, and worse—an accident that results in serious injury or death.
Is saving a few seconds on your morning or evening commute really worth taking someone’s life? Running red lights is a dangerous habit that can result in very serious consequences—for you and the victims of this bad decision.
A Bad, But Common, Habit
Approximately 56% of all drivers admit to running red lights at one time or another. Those drivers may be running late for work or an important appointment, or they may just be impatient, tired of waiting in the long lines at stoplights found at busy intersections.
We all know that feeling of frustration of sitting at a red light longer than necessary because the person in front of us is looking down at their phone instead of up at the stoplight. They don’t move when the light turns green, so we’re forced to wait even longer for our turn to proceed through the intersection.
Why Blow Through a Red Light?
Some drivers run red lights because they feel they’re unable to stop their vehicle in time, and they, instead, choose to drive right through the red light.
Speeding reduces your ability to stop in time, so chronic speeders often blow through red lights because they know they don’t have enough stopping distance when the light turns. They’re worried that they will be rear-ended, but being in a T-bone accident due to running a red light will be much more serious for all involved.
In other circumstances, drivers simply do not see the stoplight and blow through it because they’re oblivious to the road signs and signals around them. This is just another case of drivers not making the task at hand their top priority. Imagine driving through a stoplight that you didn’t see and a family with small children in the car proceeds through the intersection because their light is green. Will your decision to run the red light ends up killing the entire family? You’d likely not be able to live with the guilt of knowing your negligence caused that horrible accident with multiple casualties.
Law enforcement officers hear many excuses when people run red lights and none of them are good ones, especially not good enough to excuse such dangerous behavior that could result in death or catastrophic injury. None of the following reasons for running red lights are acceptable and some are even criminal:
- Driver was zoned out and not paying attention to what he was doing
- Driver was focused on his phone or GPS instead of the traffic lights
- Alcohol or drugs were involved in the driver’s decision to run the red light
- Driver simply did not see the red light
Even in a rare true emergency like a pregnant partner heading to the hospital to deliver a baby, running through a red light is never acceptable. The devastation that can result from the split second bad decision to run a red light can take someone’s life and leave you with a lifetime of guilt and legal trouble.
If you were injured by someone who ran a red light, please call us to schedule a free claim evaluation.