Overall the Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 907 calls for service/events. Our higher call volumes occurred in the following areas: Traffic Stops-152, Suspicious Situations/Subject/Vehicle-58, Traffic Hazards-41, Check Well Beings-34, Alarms-34, Assist Citizen/Motorist Assist-32, Traffic Violations-31, Property Damage Crashes-28, Shoplifting Complaints-20, Civil Complaints-17, Suicide Threat or Attempt-14, Larcenies-13, Personal Injury Crashes-13, Domestic Disputes-12, MDOP-12, and Car/Deer Accidents-11.
Stop On Red Week is observed the first full week in August to educate the public and bring awareness to the number and severity of intersection crashes. This event provides a great opportunity to promote safe driving and remind drivers of the dangers of running red lights.
Sliding through stop signs is among the most common causes of accidents on the road. In 2016, 808 people were killed and 137,000 were injured as a result of drivers running red lights. In the same year, 39% of people were injured in crashes in which motorists ran traffic controls.
Here are 10 reasons to stop on red –
- Red-Light running can be fatal.
- One in three Americans know someone who has been injured or killed in a red-light running crash.
- Between 2004-2018, an estimated 11,877 people were killed in red-light running related crashes.
- On average, two people died each day in red-light running crashes in the United States in 2017.
- Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for U.S. teens.
- In 2018, 139,000 people were injured in crashes involving red-light running.
- Over half of the deaths in red-light running crashes are pedestrians, bicyclists, and occupants in other vehicles other than the vehicle running the red light.
- Nearly 85% of drivers say it is unacceptable to go through red lights, yet nearly 31% admitted to doing so within the last 30 days.
- The most common types of urban crashes involve drivers who run red lights, stop signs or other traffic controls.
- Red-light running is often a result of aggressive or distracted driving and is completely preventable.
Yours in Public Safety,
Sheriff Tom Reich