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

  1. You or your loved ones are more likely to be injured due to a red-light running related crash than any other type of crash1.
  2. Running red lights or other traffic controls is the most common cause of all urban crashes2.
  3. Someone runs a red light an average of every 20 minutes at urban intersections3.
  4. 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.
  5. An estimated 165,000 motorists, cyclists, and pedestrians are injured annually by red-light runners5.
  6. Half of the people killed by red-light runners are not the signal violators — they are passengers, other motorists, pedestrians, and cyclists6.
  7. Nearly 93% of drivers believe running a red light is unacceptable, yet 1 in 3 drivers reported doing so in the past 30 days7.
  8.  There are an average of 7 fatal crashes and over 1,000 injury crashes EVERY DAY at signalized intersections across the United States8.
  9. The cost to society of all crashes exceeds $230 billion annually9.
  10. The tragedies and costs resulting from red-light running are preventable!

1 Retting, R.A.; Williams, A.F.; Farmer, C.M.; and Feldman, A.F. 1999. Evaluation of Red Light Camera Enforcement in Fairfax, Va., USA. ITE Journal 69:30-34.

2 Retting, R.A.; Williams, A.F.; Preusser, D.F.; and Weinstein, H.B. 1995. “Classifying urban crashes for countermeasure development”. Accident Analysis and Prevention 27:283-94.

3 Retting, R.A.; Williams, A.F.; Green, M.A. 1998 “Red-Light Running and Sensible Countermeasures: Summary of Research Findings”. Transportation Research Record 1640:23-26. Transportation Research Board of the National Academies.

4 Based on crash fatalities data 2000-2009. Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS). National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. Web.

5 Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Status Report, Vol. 42, No. 1. Rep. IIHS, 27 Jan. 2007. Web.

6 Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Status Report, Vol. 42, No. 1. Rep. IIHS, 27 Jan. 2007. Web.

7 AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. Traffic Safety Culture Index. 2010. Web

8 Based on Table 29, Crashes by Relation to Junction, Traffic Control Device, and Crash Severity. Traffic Safety Facts 2008. Publication Number 811170. National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. Web.

9 Blincoe, L., et al. 2002. The Economic Impact of Motor Vehicle Crashes 2000. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Web.

10 Subramanian, Rajesh. Traffic Safety Facts - Research Note - Motor Vehicle Traffic Crashes as a Leading Cause of Death in the United States, 2003. Rep. no. DOT HS 810 568. National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, Mar. 2006. Web. <>.

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