Oak Park police will step up traffic enforcement as part of National Stop on Red Week, which runs from Aug. 4-10. As part of the week-long event, police will increase monitoring and traffic stops at Oak Park intersections.

According to a news release, National Stop on Red Week raises awareness about the risk of running red lights. More than 8,700 people were killed in one year by intersection or intersection-related traffic accidents, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The National Coalition for Safer Roads, which supports National Stop on Red Week, will highlight different aspects of the issue on its website each day of the week.

Here are a few more statistics from the organizations:

  • More than 2.3 million drivers received a red-light violation in across the 18 states studied
  • Drivers most frequently run red lights in the afternoon, with 30.7 percent (719,702) of all red-light running violations in 2011 occurring from 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Friday proved to be the worst day for intersection safety in 2011 – safety cameras caught 378,122 total red-light running violations – while Sunday saw the fewest violations, with 289,603 total.

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