CHICAGO (CBS/AP) — The number of people killed in crashes caused by drivers running red lights reached a 10-year high in 2017, according to a new study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.
The study found 939 people died in 2017 as a result of someone ignoring a red light, up 31% from a low of 715 in 2009.
Red light crash fatalities rose for the fifth consecutive year in 2017, and AAA said it’s hard to pinpoint why.
AAA isn’t sure why the numbers are on the rise or why they have increased at a far higher rate than overall U.S. roadway deaths. Since 2012 the overall number of highway fatalities rose 10%, far short of the 28% increase in red-light running deaths.
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