'Stop on Red' sharing real-life tragedy to raise awareness of careless driving

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Updated: 3/04/2014 5:00 pm
RENO, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) -- There were almost 10 thousand crashes at Nevada intersections last year.

One local woman who lost her daughter in a crash is teaming up with the Nevada Department of Transportation to change that.

Cheryl Johnson's daughter Jayme was killed in a crash at the intersection of Taylor Street and Wheeler Avenue in Reno just more than four years ago.

"{You think} that person you read about in the paper, it's someone else," Johnson said. "It never happens to you. Yes it does."

So Johnson is helping NDOT with its 'Stop on Red' campaign. Spokeswoman Meg Ragonese said she hopes Johnson's story hits home.

"It's just that reminder that every time we get behind a vehicle, ever time we're on the road, we have that responsibility to be safe," Ragonese said.

Johnson is back at the crash site for just the second time to make sure that message is received.

"This happens every single day and it doesn't have to," Johnson said. "All it takes is attention."

"There were over 90 deaths in Nevada intersections last year," Ragonese said. "That's 90 too many. Those don't have to happen."

Johnson said people need to realize when they're driving a car, they're wielding a weapon.

"A car is as lethal as a gun, as a knife, and I think more people die from car crashes than they do from guns or knives," Johnson said.

She hopes people learn from the 18-year-old young man who ran a stop sign and killed her daughter.

"No parent should ever have to bury their child for something stupid like this," Johnson said.

The 'Stop on Red' campaign is a part of NDOT's "Zero Fatalities" effort to eliminate deaths on Nevada roads.
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