Florida Department of Transportation’s Northeast Florida District Two encourages motorists to “Stop on Red” as a state and national emphasis for Stop on Red Week, August 7-13, 2016.
“Pedestrian and bicyclist safety are our highest priorities,” said Trenda McPherson, FDOT State Bicycle Pedestrian Safety Program Manager. “By improving intersection safety we are contributing to a better quality of life for those choosing to walk or bike as alternative modes of transportation.”
“Safe walking skills and confidence in the pedestrian environment can help older adults gain access to services to help them remain independent and active in their communities long after they retire from driving,” said Gail Holley, FDOT Safe Mobility for Life Program Manager.
Motorists should be mindful of schools starting back from summer break, with additional traffic and students around our roadways. It is imperative for drivers to stop on red, look left, right and left before turning. Anticipate an increase in pedestrians waiting to cross.
Tips for reducing intersection crashes include:
- When approaching a traffic light you should ALWAYS be prepared to STOP on RED
- After stopping, you may turn right on red ONLY if the way is clear of pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorists, and there is no sign posted that prohibits right turns on red
- Always SHARE THE ROAD safely
- Pedestrians should always USE THE CROSSWALK, and even when you have the signal to cross, look twice for approaching motorists or bicyclists before entering the street/intersection
- Bicyclists have the same responsibilities as motorists. You should always obey traffic signals and ride predictably, WITH THE FLOW OF TRAFFIC
National Stop on Red Week: