Dangerous Trend in Red Light Running Rallies Safety Groups

August 3, 2001

Citing a strong upward trend in red light running fatalities, a group of leading safety organizations has banded together to form the Washington, D.C.-based National Campaign to Stop Red Light Running. The goal of the Campaign is to reduce the incidence of red light running in the United States and the fatalities and injuries it causes.

In 1999, 90,000 injuries and approximately 950 deaths in the U.S. were attributed to red light running. Between 1992 and 1998, fatal motor crashes at traffic signals increased 18 percent, outpacing the six percent rise in all other fatal crashes. Public costs exceed $7 billion per year.

An Insurance Institute for Highway Safety profile of typical red light runners revealed that many of these offenders are higher risk drivers who are more likely to drive on a suspended, revoked or invalid license and are more likely to consume alcohol.

The Campaign is an independent advocacy initiative guided by a national advisory board and focuses on both the national and grass roots levels.

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