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Travel tip: AAA statistics say running red lights a common habit

Shirley McMarlin
AAA data analysis shows there are more than two deaths daily in the U.S. caused by drivers running red lights.

Are you really in such a hurry? The latest AAA Foundation Traffic Safety Culture Index says about a third of drivers surveyed said they blew through a red light in the past 30 days.

Recent data shows that more than two people are killed every day in the U.S. by drivers running through red lights. The most recent statistics available show that 939 people died in 2017 crashes where a driver ran the red light — a 10-year high.

Data showed that 28% of deaths at signalized intersections were caused by a driver failing to stop. Just 35% of the signal-running drivers were killed, while 46% of fatalities were passengers or people in other vehicles. Pedestrians and cyclists accounted for 5%.

Per capita, Arizona had the highest rate of red light-running fatalities, while New Hampshire had the lowest.


Shirley McMarlin is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Shirley at 724-836-5750, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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