Midway through National Stop on Red Week, Virginia Beach police officers on Wednesday paid special attention to whether drivers stopped and checked the oncoming traffic before making right-hand turns at the signals between Great Neck Road and Virginia Beach Boulevard, Lynnhaven Parkway and Holland Road, Witchduck Road and Virginia Beach Boulevard, and Kempsville Road and Princess Anne Road.
A study of red-light camera use conducted by Old Dominion University psychology researchers determined that drivers are more likely to stop at red lights when they know they are being watched. And while the most comprehensive data on right-on-red accidents in Virginia show that these types of accidents tend to be rare, the data also indicate that accidents related to right turns at red lights can be as severe as any other intersection accident.
Obeying traffic signals is essential to keeping everyone the road safe. My colleagues and I know this from our decades of experience representing victims of car accidents. I am pleased to know that the Virginia Beach police are enforcing this essential safety message.
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