Next time you think about running a red light, consider these statistics. In 2017, 939 people were killed when someone plowed through a red light. That is at least two people a day!
A study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety concluded that fatalities in red-light collisions increased in 2017, for the fifth year in a row.
In 2009, there were 715 people killed in accidents involving drivers running a red light. That’s an increase of 31% between 2009 and 2017.
This “study tracks anyone who was killed, including the driver, passengers, people in another vehicle or people outside the vehicle.”(USA Today) The study tracked the numbers back to 2008. Here are a few possible reasons for the increase:
People know that driving through a red light is illegal. Ken Kolosh, manager of statistics at the National Safety Council (NSC) says, “It’s frustrating because it’s so obviously preventable.”(CNN.com)
Who statistically runs red lights?
A 2017 telephone survey by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety showed that 93% of drivers said it’s unacceptable to run a red light if it’s possible to stop safely, but nearly 1 in 3 drivers surveyed admitted they have run a red light in the past 30 days.
“Among drivers involved in 2017 fatal red light running multiple-vehicle crashes, the red light runners were more likely than other drivers to be male, to be younger, and to have prior crashes or alcohol-impaired driving convictions. The red light runners also were more likely to be speeding or alcohol-impaired at the time of the crash and less likely to have a valid driver’s license.”(Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS))
Remedies to help reduce these numbers:
What YOU can do to help reduce the number of red light running crashes while driving:
As a pedestrian, you can:
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