Red Light Crashes
AAA Traffic Safety’s most recent research finds more than two people are killed every day on U.S. highways and roads by impatient and careless and reckless drivers running through red lights, according to data analysis performed by AAA.
The most recent crash data shows 939 people were killed in red light crashes in 2017 — a 10-year high and a 28% increase since 2012. The numbers are alarming and show the number of red light running crashes have been on the rise. Drivers need to to use caution when approaching intersections, and pedestrians and bicyclists should stay alert when crossing the road.
28% of crash deaths that occur at intersections are the result of a driver running through a red light.
Nearly half (46%) of those killed in red light crashes were passengers or individuals in other vehicles and more than 5% were pedestrians or bicyclists. Over 35% of those killed were the drivers who ran the red light.
Recent studies show 85% of drivers view red light running as very dangerous, yet nearly 1/3 say they ran through a red light within the past 30 days when they could have stopped safely. More than 2 in 5 drivers say it is doubtful they’ll be stopped by police for running a red light.
Use Good Judgment: Look at green lights, those lights that have been green a long time as you have approached the intersection. Those lights are more likely to turn yellow or red as you approach at the intersection.
- Prepare to Stop: Take your foot off the gas and “cover the brake” when preparing to enter any intersection by positioning your foot just above the brake pedal, without tapping it.
- Tap the Brake: Tap your brakes a several times before fully hitting your brakes to slow down. This will capture the attention of bad drivers who may be inattentive or distracted and driving behind you.
- Wait: Give a few seconds to make sure all vehicles, cars and trucks have come to a complete stop before going through the intersection.
- Drive Defensively: Before you drive into an intersection after the light has turned green, take a couple of seconds after the light turns and look both ways before proceeding.
- Stay Alert: Do not take chances and do not wear headphones. Look what is going on the street and pay full attention to the road.
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