However, there were more red-light violations over the Fourth of July and Labor Day weekends than Memorial Day in Maryland.
“Also very busy travel weekends. A lot of people on the roads; lots of incidences of drinking and driving,” Kelly says.
Across the country, Christmas had the lowest number of violations in 2011, with 3,859.
Intersection-related vehicle accidents caused more than 8,500 deaths last year, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The new study also looked at the times of the day, in addition to the days of the week when drivers are most likely to run a red light.
The coalition found Friday is the worst day of the week for intersection safety. Safety cameras caught 378,122 red-light violations on Friday. Sunday was the safest, with 289,603 violations.
The afternoon (between 1 and 5 p.m.) was also the worst for red-light violations, with more than 30 percent of violations happening during the afternoon period.
The fewest violations occurred during the late night hours (between 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.), which makes sense since there are fewer people on the road during late night hours.
The analyzed cameras caught a total of 2,341,761 red light violations in 2011. Each camera recorded, an average of 1,889 violations during the year.
The study concludes “there is no time on the road when you are not at risk of encountering a red-light violator”
“We do want people to be more vigilant behind the wheel. Take responsibility for your actions. Make sure that you are not running yellow lights. A yellow light does not mean to go faster – it means to stop,” he says.
Overall red-light violations by holiday travel periods:
Memorial Day (Friday, May 27 – Monday, May 30) – 26,787
Independence Day (Friday, July 1 – Monday, July 4) – 25,874
Halloween (Friday, October 28 – Monday, October 31) – 24,700