According to WJHG, Channel 7 out of Panama City, there was an accident last Wednesday morning that left one person that had to be taken to the hospital after police say a truck ran a red light. Panama City Beach Police say a truck driving south on Highway 79 ran a red light and through the intersection at Back Beach Rd. around 6:30 a.m., causing a Dodge Durango to hit the truck. The truck then spun around, pushing it into a road sign and another vehicle that was stopped at the light in a turning lane. Police said they’re unsure of how serious the person’s injuries are.
Did you know that red light runners cause hundreds of deaths and tens of thousands of injuries each year. In 2013, 697 people were killed and an estimated 127,000 were injured in crashes that involved red light running. About half of those killed were pedestrians, bicyclists and occupants in other vehicles who were hit by the red light runners. An Institute study of urban crashes found that those involving drivers who ran red lights, stop signs and other traffic controls were the most common type of crash (22 percent). Injuries occurred in 39 percent of the crashes in which motorists ran traffic controls.
A study conducted during several months at five busy intersections in Fairfax, Va., prior to the use of red light cameras, found that, on average, a motorist ran a red light every 20 minutes at each intersection. During peak travel times, red light running was more frequent. An analysis of red light violation data from 19 intersections without red light cameras in four states found a violation rate of 3.2 per hour per intersection. In a 2014 national telephone survey by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, 94 percent of drivers said it’s unacceptable to go through a red light if it’s possible to stop safely, but 36 percent reported doing so in the past 30 days. In a 2011 Institute survey in 14 large cities with long-standing red light camera programs, 82 percent of drivers said they believed running red lights is a serious threat to their personal safety, and almost all (93 percent) said running red lights is unacceptable. Still, 7 percent of drivers said that they had driven through a light after it had turned red at least once in the past month.
What is Florida law on running red lights? According to Florida law, (Florida Statutes 316.075Traffic control signal devices) “Vehicular traffic facing a steady red signal shall stop before entering the crosswalk on the near side of the intersection or, if none, then before entering the intersection and shall remain standing until a green indication is shown. “The fine for running a stop sign or red light is approximately $125 (3 points) in Florida. Like most states, Florida allows drivers to make a turn on a red light in certain situations – typically if there is no sign prohibiting “right on red,” and if it is safe to do so under the circumstances. Also, Florida allows left turns on red provided both the origin and destination streets are one way.
If you have been injured as a result of an individual running a red light and causing a collision with you, contact us at Brannon & Brannon for a free consultation (850)659-2252 or contact us through our website at brannoncanhelp.com.