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Study Reveals that Deaths at Red Lights have Dramatically Increased Since 2012

September 09, 2019

NEW YORK – According to an online news report at, distracted driving is a major cause of deaths at red lights, the numbers of which have reached an all-time ten-year high.*

A study from AAA indicates that deaths at red lights have increased by up to 28% since 2012.  About 940 people died in red light crashes in 2017.  The incidents have been attributed to distracted drivers, where they are impatient and reckless.   “The problem is drivers are distracted, they’re impatient and they’re reckless,” said a spokesperson for AAA.

Per research, red light cameras, which catch drivers running red lights and mail violators a ticket, reduced fatal accidents by 14% and red light running by over 20%.  However, some drivers are outraged, calling it “policing for a profit.”

New York City was the first to use red light cameras and now has over 2,000 cameras in use throughout the city.  The Transportation Commission for New York City indicates that it is not a speed trap for drivers.   “We’re thoughtful and data driven about where we put the cameras. We’re not trying to have a game of gotcha,” the commissioner said.

Over 140 other communities across fifteen states also use speed cameras.  Per the New York City Department of Transportation, they have reduced speeding-related incidents by over 60% and accidents by more than 15%.  

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reveals that the red light cameras do influence drivers to change their behavior, reducing excessive speeding by over 80%.  It has been found that over 80% who receive a camera ticket never get another one. 

According to AAA, “28% of crash deaths occur at signalized intersections that are the result of a driver running through a red light. Forty-six percent of those killed in red light-running crashes were passengers or people in other vehicles. Around 5% were pedestrians or cyclists and just over 35% of those killed were the drivers who actually ran the red light.”

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