PITTSBURGH, PA – The Pittsburgh Bureau of Police will pay special attention to drivers running red lights during National Stop on Red Week, August 2 – 8.
This week long campaign aims to reduce the dangerous behavior by educating motorists about the hazards of running red lighs. In 2014, 214 crashes in the City of Pittsburgh were caused by drivers running red lights, resulting in 192 injuries and 1 fatality.
In Pennsylvania, a red light citation will cost motorists up to $123.50 and add 3 points onto the driver’s record. Running a red light puts drivers at multiple other risks including damage to vehicles, higher insurance costs, a potential stay in the hospital, and irreversible consequences if someone is injured or killed.
The Pittsburgh Bureau of Police encourages all drivers to observe proper speed limits, stay alert, and always abide by traffic signs and signals. Drivers, cyclists and pedestrians can also protect themselves by looking in all directions for red-light runners before proceeding on the roadway.