Drivers running red lights kill at least two people daily—an alarming trend that has safety experts urging drivers to use caution and pedestrians and cyclists to be alert.
According to new data analysis performed by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, 939 people were killed in red light running crashes on U.S. roads in 2017, a 10-year high, and a 28% increase since 2012.
“Drivers who decide to run a red light when they could have stopped safely are making a reckless choice which puts other road users in danger,” said Dr. David Yang, executive director of the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. The AAA Foundation reported that 28% of crash deaths that occur at signalized intersections are the result of a driver running through a red light. Nearly half of those killed in red light running crashes were passengers or people in other vehicles.