Ocala event commemorates National Stop on Red Week

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Posted August 6, 2022 | By Julie Garisto

Since 2018, 910 drivers have run red lights and caused crashes reported in Marion County.  Of those crashes, 63 resulted in a death or severe injury.

That’s more than one death a month for the past four years.

Residents are invited to join local officials for a Stop on Red event on Thursday, Aug. 11, to help raise awareness about the dangers of red-light running.

The event will run from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the intersection of Silver Springs Boulevard (State Road 40) and Pine Avenue (U.S. 441). Officers from Marion County Sheriff’s Office and Ocala Police Department will be on hand to provide information and support.

The Ocala Marion Transportation Planning Organization and the Florida Department of Transportation have partnered with the National Coalition for Safer Roads to support National Stop on Red Week in August to host the public event.

“Red light running is dangerous and can be fatal,” said Loreen Bobo, P.E. Safety Administrator Office of Safety Florida Department of Transportation – District 5.

“The Florida Department of Transportation encourages everyone to help save lives and protect those around you by following the rules of the road and always stop on red.”

As part of the campaign, volunteers will post yard signs on each intersection approach displaying “Always. Stop. On. Red” to raise awareness of oneself’s safety and of others and the likelihood of passing traffic and pedestrians.

“We’ll have safety tip cards and items to provide to people who want more information,” said MPO representative Shakayla Irby.