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IIHS Reports Increase in Deaths from Running Red Lights

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Running red lights has always had the risk of being lethal. But as it turns out, deaths resulting from running a red light have increased over the last few years. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reports that deaths from running red lights have increased by 17 percent since 2012.

In 2012, there were 533 active red light camera programs. Now, there are only 421 — a 21 percent decrease.

The IIHS and AAA attribute this to a decrease in the number of communities with red light cameras and put forward a call to action for the installation of cameras throughout the United States.

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“Red light cameras can play a role in improving traffic safety for all road users and should be placed where they can benefit a community, like at intersections with high numbers of fatalities,” said Jill Ingrassia, the managing director of Government Relations and Traffic Advocacy at AAA. “When properly implemented, red light cameras can help save lives and can serve to supplement law enforcement officers, rather than generate revenue for governments.”

These two organizations have created a “Red Light Camera Checklist” to help improve safety at intersections across the country. This includes the installation of red light cameras as well as the improvement of public support. Many drivers believe that the sole purpose of red light cameras is to generate revenue for law enforcement. However, with data like this, the IIHS and AAA hope to show drivers that there are significant safety benefits to red light cameras.

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Sources: IIHS, MSN