Red-light running jumps on the Fourth of July

June 28, 2013 12:00 AM

Some people get so excited on the Fourth of July that they can't wait to reach their destination. Whether they're heading to the beach or a family barbecue, these festive individuals are eager to get the journey over with - but that occasionally means they don't obey the rules of the road. When they're behind the wheel of a car, they can run through red lights, and Independence Day is one of the riskiest holidays for such traffic violations. 

The National Coalition for Safer Roads (NCSR) reports more than 6,500 red light violations were issued on July 4, 2012, making it one of the busiest days for traffic tickets throughout the year. 

"Red-light safety camera data has proven time and again that summer driving is dangerous," said Melissa Wandall, president of the NCSR. "We hope these numbers will highlight the need for caution during the Fourth of July holiday weekend and throughout the summer and rest of the year." 

Drivers who want to make sure they follow all of the rules to avoid safety issues or traffic tickets on the holiday should have a professional take care of brake service on the car. That way, they'll know their vehicle is capable of stopping on a dime should a light make a quick change or a fellow motorist stops short. 

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