Red Light Camera Facts and Statistics

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Red Light Running Facts

A crash caused by a driver who runs a red light is more likely to result in serious injury or death. Most people run red lights because they are in a hurry, when in fact they only save seconds.

Deaths caused by red light running are increasing at more than three times the rate of increase for all other fatal crashes.

  • More people are injured in crashes involving red light running than in any other crash type.
  • Reduction in red light running through a comprehensive red light camera program will promote and protect the public health, safety and welfare of Irving citizens.
    • Almost all drivers (96 percent) fear being struck by a red light runner.
    • A majority of Americans (56 percent) admit to running red lights.
    • One in three Americans knows someone who has been injured or killed in a red light running crash.
    • Red light runners can be any one of us who drives.
    • Red light running is often a result of aggressive driving and is completely preventable.

Sources: R.A. Retting and A.F. Williams, "Characteristics of Red Light Violators: Results of a Field Investigation," Journal of Safety Research (1996): 27.1, 9-15; "Stop Red Light Running," Federal Highway Administration Safety.