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Green light to summer.

COLUMN: IN OUR OPINION; EDITORIAL FOOTNOTE

A new study by the National Coalition for Safer Roads says that the Memorial Day weekend is the hottest time of the year for running a red light.

The data was collected in 2011 from 1,240 red-light safety cameras in 18 states, the nearest to here being New York. The Fourth of July and Labor Day holiday weekends are also risky for red-light running, the report found.

The same study also found that more red-light violations happen on Friday than any other day of the week. And it found that the afternoon is by far the most likely time of day for intersection scofflaws to scoot through a red light.

Gulp. It's Memorial Day weekend, and a lot of people will leave work early and in a hurry. And, it's Friday. We can only be grateful it's not the 13th.

There is good news for travelers this weekend. For those heading to Cape Cod, work on the Sagamore Bridge is completed for now and will resume in the fall. That will ease the traffic clogs that have plagued the bridge recently, particularly on Sundays. And it's all the more reason you can afford to stop for yellow lights on your way to the highway.

Seriously, be careful - through the traffic signals and everywhere else on the roads. Summer's the destination, just around the corner, and we all want to get there safely.
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Publication:Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, MA)
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Date:May 25, 2012
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