News4Jax reports that a Middleburg teen was killed when the car he was riding in struck a pickup truck at a Westside intersection. According to the FHP Report, the 17 year old male was not wearing his seat belt. The 2001 Ford Escape being driven by a 20 year-old, was headed west on Normandy Boulevard when the Ford Escape ran a red light and struck a 2007 Chevy Z-71 pickup. The accident also sent three others to UF Health for treatment. An 18 year-old from Jacksonville was behind the wheel of the truck the Ford Escape hit. The driver of the Z-71 pickup and his passenger suffered serious injuries.
Red-light running is a serious intersection safety issue across the nation. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) Traffic Safety Facts 2008 Report, there were more than 2.3 million reported intersection-related crashes, resulting in more than 7,770 fatalities and approximately 733,000 injury crashes in 2008.
NHTSA’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) reports that red-light running crashes alone caused 762 deaths in 2008. An estimated 165,000 people are injured annually by red-light runners. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) reports that half of the people killed in red-light running crashes are not the signal violators. They are drivers and pedestrians hit by red-light runners. The following statistics further amplify why red-light running is an issue that requires nationwide attention.
- Ninety-seven percent of drivers feel that other drivers running red-lights are a major safety threat (Source: National Survey of Speeding and Other Unsafe Driver Actions, Vol. 2: Findings, Report No. DOT HS 809 730, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, May 2004.
- One in three people claim they personally know someone injured or killed in a red-light running crash (Source: A Nationwide Survey of Red-Light Running: Measuring Driver Behaviors for the “Stop Red-Light Running” Program, Old Dominion University, June-August 1999.