What Are The Facts About Red Light Running?
- A 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