NCSR Releases Second Safer Roads Report Examining Trends in Red-Light Running

Red-light safety cameras have proven to be an essential tool in changing driver behavior and reducing red-light running. They also provide a wealth of information about when and where drivers are running red lights across the country.

Today, NCSR has released its second biannual Safer Roads Report 2014: Trends in Red-Light Running to raise awareness among drivers, bicyclists, and pedestrians of the dangers of red-light running. The report finds that more than 3.5 million drivers in 20 states ran a red light last year. By examining red-light running trends across 2,216 red-light safety cameras in 202 areas, NCSR provides a useful tool for the public to understand the times of the day, days of the week, and holidays when people are most commonly running red lights.

“By highlighting the data and trends around red-light running, we hope to educate the public on the dangers of running red lights,” says David Kelly, Executive Director, NCSR, and Former Acting Administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. “The information in the report reveals when we are most vulnerable on the road and reminds everyone to stay alert and safe near intersections.”

Highlights from the report include:

  • Memorial Day weekend was the highest ranked holiday travel period, with 39,021 red-light running violations in 2013
  • Halloween had the lowest number of red-light running violations in 2013, with 28,902 total
  • Friday proved to be the worst day for intersection safety in 2013 — safety cameras caught 570,151 total red-light running violations — while Sunday saw the fewest violations, with 439,323 total
  • Drivers most frequently ran red lights in the afternoon, with 30.07 percent (1,070,572) of all red-light running violations in 2013 occurring from 1 p.m.– 5 p.m.

A new infographic also aims to educate the public by illustrating key findings and trends from the report. The infographic highlights the dangers of red-light running in a visual and digestible manner.

“Personally and as president of NCSR, I have witnessed the pain and trauma that running a red light can cause,” says NCSR President Melissa Wandall. “My hope is that this report will arm drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians with the knowledge they need to stay safe on our roads and keep others from having to feel the heartache I experienced when my husband was killed by a careless driver.”