Traffic safety group offers awareness, dinner in March


The Red Means Stop  inaugural fundraising event, Red Dinner is from 6 to 8:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 25 on Papago Golf Course, 5595 E. Karsten Way in Phoenix.

The Red Means Stop awareness campaign is an opportunity to learn about red light running dangers, according to a press release, noting that March is “Red Light Running Awareness Month” in Arizona.

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey recently signed a proclamation with the input of local organization Red Means Stop Traffic Safety Alliance, the release said.

The Red Dinner provides a chance to learn more about significant traffic safety issues facing communities and how to be part of the solution. Guests will hear from victims and families who were impacted by crashes, the release said,

In addiiton to helping Red Means Stop make Arizona roads safer, all proceeds will go toward Red Means Stop’s programs and initiatives, noted the release.

Founded by three families “who incurred the consequences of red light runners,” the Red Means Stop Coalition’s founding families, Frank Hinds, Les Marquis and John Philippi united to begin the initiative that was dedicated to their children, Jennifer Hinds, Sam Marquis and Krystal Philippi.

Formed in 1999, the Red Means Stop Coalition was the only known grassroots organization of its kind in the United States, according to the release.

There are many traffic advocates around the country who have similar programs now, according to the release.

Red Means Stop’s goal is to educate the public about the dangers and consequences of red light running and support ways to greatly reduce red light running accidents as traffic safety impacts all drivers, passengers, pedestrians, e-scooterists, motorcyclists, bicyclists.

Arizona ranks amongst the worst states for red-light running deaths, speeding and pedestrian fatalities, stated the release, adding that “Arizona was also identified as a state with the least skilled drivers.”

Tickets are $30 each; $25 each for two or more.

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