NCSR looking for the most dangerous intersections in the U.S.
Millions of motorists are expected to hit the roads this weekend, and the national road safety organization is launching a new online system to give motorists, pedestrians, and cyclists a site to submit the most dangerous intersections they encounter.
The form allows motorists to quickly submit an intersection they've passed through with concern. After collecting the information, NCSR will launch a map that allows drivers to identify and possibly avoid problem intersections in their area.
"Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of the summer travel season and drivers need to take extra caution as they head out on the roads this summer," said David Kelly, president and executive director of NCSR. "As millions of families travel on road trips to enjoy their summer vacations, they are at an increased risk to fall victim to someone else's reckless decisions on the road. We are making it easy for motorists to submit the dangerous intersections they drive through so we can make these intersections safer."
Over past six years, the Memorial Day weekend has averaged 12.2 percent more traffic fatalities than other weekend periods, due to increased travel and an increased risk for accidents caused by red-light runners.
Running red lights reportedly cause hundreds of deaths and thousands of injuries annually. A recent study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) found during 2009, 676 people were killed and 113,000 were injured in crashes involving red lights. Two-thirds of the victims were pedestrians, bicyclists and passengers of vehicles hit by those running the lights.