Between 2004-2016, an estimated 10,125 people were killed in crashes related to red-light running according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). In 2017, 880 people were killed and an estimated 132,000 were injured in crashes involving red-light running. IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety) found that about half of red-light running crash deaths involve pedestrians, cyclists and occupants in vehicles struck by the red-light runners.
Perhaps the most tragic part is that these crashes, injuries and deaths are 100 percent preventable if people would simply follow the law and stop on red. We must do everything we can to make intersections safer.
National Stop on Red Week serves as an important reminder of the dangers in intersections and the importance of stopping on red. Preventing these crashes is in each driver’s control. Together, we can protect our community, families and children by always stopping on red.
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