Big Increase Reported In Running Red Light Fatalities

More than two people are killed every day on US roads by drivers blowing through red lights, according to data analysis performed by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.  The most recent crash data available shows 939 people were killed in red light running crashes in 2017 — a 10-year high and a 22% increase over the average from 2008-2016.  Twenty-eight-percent of crash deaths that occur at signalized intersections are the result of a driver running through a red light.

In Wisconsin, there were 22 such fatalities in 2017, a 150% increase over the 2008-2016 average.  With the number of red-light-running crashes on the rise, AAA called for drivers to use caution when approaching signalized intersections, and for pedestrians and cyclists to stay alert when crossing the street.