Sadie Says …

Answers to frequently asked questions about safe driving

Q: “I’m concerned about my grandson’s driving. He’s always in a hurry, running red lights and blowing through intersections as if stop signs don’t exist.

I say he’s driving aggressively. He says he’s just fast. Which of us is correct?

A: Your young driver may not have a clue. Running red lights and not stopping for stop signs, speeding, tailgating, frequent lane changes or not yielding the right of way — is aggressive driving.

Red light running is dangerous

In urban areas, drivers are more likely to be injured in crashes involving red light running than in any other type of crash.

It’s estimated that one in three Americans know someone who has been injured or killed in a crash involving red light running.

Red light runners are more than three times as likely as other drivers to have multiple speeding convictions on their driver records.

Speeding is most likely a concern contributing to the intersection issues.

Studies show that males are more likely to be in a fatal crash because of speeding; and, if a male is in the passenger seat, the likelihood of speeding increases. Nearly one-third of young driver crash fatalities involve speeding.

Driver error, such as running red lights and stop signs, results in more than 4,500 intersection crashes in Pennsylvania each year.

If he’s not concerned that his driving error could contribute to these crashes, you could inform him of the current enforcement wave.

July 6 through Aug. 27 is Aggressive Driving Enforcement Wave 3. Although aggressive driving is a year-round enforcement concern, during this wave, local and state police will be targeting aggressive drivers, especially drivers running red lights and stop signs or who are speeding.

If your grandson’s speeding is a result of being late to work, or an appointment, or an adrenalin rush, urge him to slow down, back off and survive the ride.

Sadie … is brought to you by the Lycoming County Health Improvement Coalition’s Safe Communities Task Force, whose members include AAA North Penn, AARP, Area Agency on Aging and regional transportation and highway safety advocates.