National Red Light Week aims to save lives

National Red Light Week aims to save lives
SEATTLE - Red light cameras are designed to catch violators, but they also capture the horror of accidents.

In one instance it's clear to see others are stopping for the light, then one guy blows through and bam - he's hit.

In an accident earlier this year in Miami, all but one driver stops, and he runs the light and crashes into another car. A person in a wheelchair and another pedestrian crossing the street barely escaped the wreckage.

"We saw a guy almost get hit this morning," Johnny, a Seattle resident says.

In Seattle, there are a number of problem intersections. Pedestrians in West Seattle say people regularly run lights along the route to and from the Fauntleroy ferry terminal.

Downtown Seattle, people often run the light trying to beat pedestrians and traffic.

"I definitely think that people need to be careful especially when there are kids around, and all downtown there's all sorts of people walking around," Sarah, a concerned resident says.

About half of all fatal red light crashes kill the person who ran the light, the other half are innocent drivers or pedestrians caught in the middle.

More than 2 dozen intersections in the city of Seattle have red light cameras to catch violators.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says these tragedies occur at crossroads in small towns and big cities, leaving all of us at risk.