The Dangers of Red Light Running
Everyone knows you aren’t supposed to run red lights. It’s dangerous, of course, and it is also against the law. But what is the real cost of red light running in the U.S.? In 2016, red light running caused 811 deaths. In 2015, around 137,000 people were injured in red light running crashes. In urban areas, crashes involving red light runners were the most common type of crashes, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).
How Prevalent is Red Light Running?
A study conducted at five busy intersections in Virginia found a motorist ran a red light every 20 minutes at each intersection. This number increased during peak travel times. Additionally, an analysis of red light camera data from 19 intersections in four states found 3.2 red light violations per hour at each intersection. The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety conducted a telephone survey in 2016, asking drivers across the country about their red light habits. While 93% of drivers said it was unacceptable to run a red light if safely stopping was possible, 36% admitted to having run a red light in the past 30 days.
Who is Most Likely to Run a Red Light?
Red light runners are more likely to be male, younger in age, and have prior crashes or alcohol-related driving convictions. Red light runners are also more likely to be speeding or under the influence of alcohol, and less likely to have a valid driver’s license.
In addition to the human toll, red light running also places a great cost on society. According to AAA and Cambridge Systematics, red light running fatalities cost $390 million each month. Annually, the cost of red light running exceeds $230 billion.
“Running red lights is a dangerous habit that can lead to injury or death. Next time you are tempted to go through a red light, remember that a minute or so of patience could save a life,” said Attorney Walter Clark, founder of Walter Clark Legal Group.
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