Hundreds of people are killed and thousands more are injured each year by red-light runners. Unfortunately, this disregard for traffic safety laws frequently goes unpunished.
We have directly experienced the torment and grief these careless incidents create. On Thursday, Jan. 26, we will remember the 10th anniversary of our daughter Sarah’s death at the hands of a red-light runner.
In 2002, a man traveling 55 mph ran a red light and struck Sarah’s car, killing her. Only 31 years old, Sarah, a high school science teacher, was robbed of her bright future, her two children deprived of a loving mother. All this could have been prevented had he stopped on red. He didn’t.
The tragic simplicity behind our story and others like it is that these events don’t need to happen. Traffic safety cameras provide constant, efficient traffic safety enforcement and help prevent tragedies like the one that took Sarah from us.
Traffic safety cameras send a clear message: If you break basic traffic laws, you will be held accountable. There’s no reason another family should endure the loss of a loved one to someone who refuses to obey the law.
(Paul and Sue Oberhauser are co-chairs of the Traffic Safety Coalition.)