Green means go, and red means stop – it’s a simple fact. But sadly, in 2015, 771 people were killed and another 137,000 were injured in red-light running accidents.
August 11th was National Stop on Red Day, and Best Foot Forward, along with Florida Department of Transportation, Orlando Police Department, and City of Orlando, partnered with the National Coalition for Safer Roads (NCSR), to raise awareness about the dangers of running red lights. This group of 25 people met at the busy intersection of Orange Blossom Trail and W. South Street in Downtown Orlando, holding signs stating to “ALWAYS STOP ON RED.” Comments abound from drivers, walkers and bikers about cars blowing through red lights every day – including one gentleman that witnessed a one just moments before.
NCSR is an organization with a mission to save lives and educate communities on the dangers of red light running, as well as advocate for red-light cameras at intersections. NCSR’s president, Melissa Wandall, feels a personal commitment to the organization, as her husband was tragically killed in a red light running accident 13 years ago.
While it’s great to get the message out on a day like National Stop on Red Day, remember – every day is stop on red day. Drive safe, be aware and always #StopOnRed!