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What Are The Facts About Red Light Running?

  • carsA crash caused by a driver who runs a red light is more likely to result in serious injury or death. 
  • Deaths caused by red light running are increasing at more than three times the rate of increase for all other fatal crashes.
  • More people are injured in crashes involving red light running than in any other crash type. 
  • Reduction in red light running through a comprehensive red light camera program will promote and protect the public health, safety, and welfare of Renton's citizens. 
  • Most people run red lights because they are in a hurry, when in fact they only save seconds. 
  • Almost all drivers (96%) fear being struck by a red light runner. 
  • A majority of Americans (56%) admit to running red lights. 
  • Red light runners can be anyone who drives. 
  • One in three Americans knows someone who has been injured or killed in a red light running crash. 
  • Red light running is often a result of aggressive driving, and is completely preventable.

 

Sources:  "Stop Red Light Running," Federal Highway Administration Safety Website:  
R.A. Retting and A.F. Williams, "characteristics of Red Light Violators:  Results of a Field Investigation," Journal of Safety Research (1996): 27.1, 9-15