According to new data analysis performed by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety more than two people are killed every day on the USA’s roads by impatient and reckless drivers driving through red traffic lights.
The most recent crash data available shows 939 people were killed in red-light running crashes in 2017, including drivers, passengers, pedestrians and cyclists; a 10-year high and a 28% increase since 2012. With the number of red-light running crashes on the rise, the AAA calls for drivers to use caution when approaching signalized intersections, and for pedestrians and cyclists to stay alert when crossing the street. According to the Foundation’s research:
- 28% of crash deaths that occur at signalized intersections are the result of a driver running through a red-light;
- Per capita, Arizona has the highest rate of red-light running fatalities while New Hampshire has the lowest rate;
- Nearly half (46%) of those killed in red-light running crashes were passengers or people in other vehicles and more than 5% were pedestrians or cyclists. Just over 35% of those killed were the drivers who ran the red-light.
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