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The red-light camera citation cost $137.50—a painful amount for a teenager working two part-time jobs and saving for college. But the citation also served to help teach a potentially life-saving lesson.

“The citation came with a video link that captured the scary moment,” says Anne, a long-time AAA member and the driver’s mother. “We routinely use AAA’s teen driver safety messages, especially on distraction and [the] 100 Deadliest Days of Summer [awareness campaign], but the blown red light provided a critical teaching moment. We are thankful no one was hurt and thankful that there is an organization like AAA that is dedicated to road safety.”

While best known for its legendary roadside assistance, AAA is also widely recognized in traffic-safety circles for its research and education efforts to save lives by preventing crashes and reducing injuries when crashes occur.

“AAA is a valuable resource for my family. If [AAA] weren’t doing research into traffic safety in real-life driving situations, I don’t know who would be,” Anne adds.