RED LIGHT FATALITIES INCREASE
The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety recently released a report showing an increase in red light running crashes and fatalities. According to the study, we are at a 10-year high with more than two people killed every day due to drivers running a red.
Most recent numbers show that 939 red light running deaths were reported in 2017. This is a 28% increase in fatalities since 2012. Nearly half of those killed in red light running crashes were passengers or people in other vehicles, 5% were pedestrians or cyclists and just over 35% were the drivers who ran the red light.
We are urging drivers to practice caution and to obey the law and stop on red. “Drivers who decide to run a red light when they could have stopped safely are making a reckless choice that puts other road users in danger,” said Dr. David Yang, AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety’s Executive Director.
Though 85% of drivers view red light running as dangerous, nearly one in three have admitted to blowing through a light within the past three days. Two in five drivers think it’s unlikely they will be pulled over for running a red, despite it being against the law.
Drivers and pedestrians can take measures to increase safety. If you’re driving, make sure you’re prepared to stop and use good judgement when a light turns yellow. When crossing an intersection, hover your foot over the brake so that you’re ready to stop if needed.
If you’re walking through a cross-walk, always be aware of your surroundings. Wait a few seconds before crossing, stay alert and listen, and make eye contact with drivers who have stopped.
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