Red means stop. At least, that’s what children and driver’s ed students are taught.
But some drivers see red as an invitation to hit the gas. The result can be — unsurprisingly — disastrous.
Red-light camera company American Traffic Solutions (the one that some South Floridians hit with a class-action lawsuit about illegal citations) released a compilation of the worst red-light accidents in Florida in 2016 this week.
Of the 14 crashes and near-crashes caught on camera, nine were in Miami-Dade, with the majority in Miami. The other five were in Tampa and Clermont.
In some, the red-light runners T-bone green-light drivers. In others, pedestrians dive out of the way just in time. One even abandoned a shopping cart and made a mad dash for safe ground.
Miami-Dade’s big presence on the list? Bad driving mixed with the largest number of functioning red-light cameras in Florida.