Right-turns-on-red have always been associated with danger, especially to pedestrians who are the most vulnerable in this type of collision. The latest National Highway Traffic Safety Administration figures shows more than 20 percent of all pedestrian fatalities in 2010 occurred at or within 50 feet of an intersection. That’s more than 850 deaths.
When a vehicle and a pedestrian collide, the pedestrian is 10 times more likely to die than the vehicle’s occupant. This is why motorists are required to come to a complete stop on red before turning right.
ATS encourages all drivers to practice safe driving especially at intersections. The Federal Highway Administration in 2010 reported that pedestrian crashes are predicted to increase in cities during the next 15 years, making driver awareness more important than ever before.