RED-LIGHT SAFETY AT A GLANCE
- Between 2011-2015, 719 people died each year in red-light running crashes. (NHTSA).
- 390 million was lost in costs due to red-light running fatalities each month (AAA)
- Red-light running is the leading cause of urban crashes in the United States (IIHS).
- More than 3.8 million drivers received a red-light running violation in 2016 (NCSR).
- Nationwide, 90 percent of drivers who received a ticket issued by a red-light safety camera in 2016 have not received another (ATS).
- According to 2012 research by the Texas Transportation Institute, cameras provide “a positive safety effect” at intersections and led to a 39% decrease in red-light running right angle crashes, which can be devastating.
THE BIG PICTURE
Innocent lives are lost every day because drivers recklessly decide to run red lights. Between 2011-2015, 719 people died each year in red-light running crashes. In fact, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has found that red-light running is the leading cause of urban crashes in the United States. Red-light running poses a significant threat to the wellbeing of all who share America’s roadways.
This May, NCSR collected and analyzed data from more than 2,200 red-light safety cameras across 20 states and found that more than 3.8 million drivers received a red-light running violation in 2016. Every time drivers ran red lights last year, they put countless other lives at risk.
Luckily, red-light safety cameras have proven to be effective tools in reducing red-light running and the injuries and fatalities that too often come with it. In fact they led to a 39% decrease in red-light running right angle crashes, according to a 2012 Texas Transportation Institute research.
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