Red Light Running Deaths Hit 10 Year High

The number of people killed by drivers running red lights has hit a 10-year high, and AAA is urging drivers and pedestrians to use caution at traffic signals.

According to a AAA study of government crash data, in 2017, the latest figures available, 939 people were killed by vehicles blowing through red lights. It’s the highest death toll since 2008 and 28% higher than in 2012.

AAA says two people are killed every day in the U.S. by drivers who don’t stop for the signals.

Arkansas fatalities blamed on running red lights don’t mirror the national trend, according to the foundation.

Three people died in red-light crashes on Arkansas roads in 2017, which is one more than a year earlier.

The highest annual total of such deaths in Arkansas was four, which first occurred in 2010 and was repeated in 2012 and 2013, according to the foundation data.

A total of 27 people died on Arkansas roads in red-light running crashes in the 10 years covered by the study. Thirteen, or 48.1%, were the drivers who ran the light. Another 12, or 44.4%, were occupants of the other vehicles involved in the crashes, according to the study.      MORE

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