Ten Things We Bet You Didn’t Know About Red-Light Running

red-ligh-fbt-shutterstock_65058025You or your loved ones are more likely to be injured due to a red-light running related crash than any other type of crash1.

  1. Running red lights or other traffic controls is the most common cause of all urban crashes2.
  2. Someone runs a red light an average of every 20 minutes at urban intersections3.
  3. Car crashes rank among the leading causes of death in the United States…

    … and the leading cause of death for children, teens and young adults up to age 3410.

    In the last decade, red-light running crashes killed nearly 9,000 people4.

  4. An estimated 165,000 motorists, cyclists, and pedestrians are injured annually by red-light runners5.
  5. Half of the people killed by red-light runners are not the signal violators — they are passengers, other motorists, pedestrians, and cyclists6.
  6. Nearly 93% of drivers believe running a red light is unacceptable, yet 1 in 3 drivers reported doing so in the past 30 days7.
  7.  There are an average of 7 fatal crashes and over 1,000 injury crashes EVERY DAY at signalized intersections across the United States8.
  8. The cost to society of all crashes exceeds $230 billion annually9.
  9. The tragedies and costs resulting from red-light running are preventable!
The above is an excerpt adapted from the article, “Ten Things We Bet You Didn’t Know About Red-Light Running.” For more information, please visit safety.fhwa.dot.gov.

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