National Red Light Running Facts

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  • In 2000, there were 106,000 red-light running crashes that resulted in 89,000 injuries and 1,036 deaths in the U.S.
  • Overall, 55.8 percent of Americans admit to running red lights. Yet 96 percent of drivers fear they will get hit by a red-light runner when they enter an intersection.
  • Red-light running is the leading cause of urban crashes today.
  • One in three people claim they personally know someone who has been injured or killed in a red-light-running crash -- similar to the percentage of people who know someone who was killed or injured by a drunk driver.
  • About 21 percent said they felt that drunk driving incidents are decreasing, but only six percent felt that red-light running incidents were decreasing.
  • Although, social scientists might hypothesize that "frustration" and "road rage" would represent what most people perceived as the cause of red-light running, the results proved otherwise. Only 15.8 percent of respondents cited those reasons, while nearly half (47.8) admitted to being prompted by nothing more complicated than being in a hurry.
  • Red-light runners do not conform to a set demographic – the dangerous practice reaches across drivers of all age, economic groups and gender. The perpetrators are everyday people; professionals, blue-collar workers, unemployed, homemakers, parents, and young adults.