clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Data shows alarming increase in red-light crashes

Utah ranks 4th in the number of per capita red-light deaths

A nationwide study published by AAA on Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019, shows a disturbing pattern: A growing number of deaths that come from a driver running a red light. According to the report, Utah ranks fourth in the number of per capita red-light deaths – 3.9 per one million residents, a total of 112 deaths in the state over the past 10 years.
A nationwide study published by AAA on Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019, shows a disturbing pattern: A growing number of deaths that come from a driver running a red light. According to the report, Utah ranks fourth in the number of per capita red-light deaths – 3.9 per one million residents, a total of 112 deaths in the state over the past 10 years.
Sam Penrod

EAGLE MOUNTAIN — A nationwide study published by AAA on Thursday shows a disturbing pattern: A growing number of deaths that come from a driver running a red light.

“Traffic lights are there for a reason. They help us navigate the roadway and get to where we’re going safely,” said Orem police officer Lynzie Halladay.

She said officers frequently see the aftermath when drivers run a red light, and the results can be devastating.

A nationwide study published by AAA on Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019, shows a disturbing pattern: A growing number of deaths that come from a driver running a red light. According to the report, Utah ranks fourth in the number of per capita red-light deaths – 3.9 per one million residents, a total of 112 deaths in the state over the past 10 years.
A nationwide study published by AAA on Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019, shows a disturbing pattern: A growing number of deaths that come from a driver running a red light. According to the report, Utah ranks fourth in the number of per capita red-light deaths – 3.9 per one million residents, a total of 112 deaths in the state over the past 10 years.
Sam Penrod

On Thursday afternoon, Kayla Williamson, 23, originally from Idaho but had been living recently in Lehi, died from the injuries she suffered when her SUV collided with a semitrailer at the intersection of Sunset Drive and Cory B. Wride Highway just after 2 p.m. Witnesses said the SUV failed to stop at a red light.

The AAA study shows that every 12 hours in America, someone dies when a car runs a red light. The most recent numbers from 2017 show 939 deaths in the country, up nearly 30% since 2012.

What is even more alarming is that Utah ranks fourth in the number of per capita red-light deaths – 3.9 per million residents, a total of 112 deaths in the state over the past 10 years, the report noted.

Orem police officer Lynzie Halladay discusses red-light fatalities while on patrol on Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019. A nationwide study published by AAA, shows a a growing number of deaths that come from a driver running a red light. According to the report, Utah ranks fourth in the number of per capita red-light deaths – 3.9 per one million residents, a total of 112 deaths in the state over the past 10 years.
Orem police officer Lynzie Halladay discusses red-light fatalities while on patrol on Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019. A nationwide study published by AAA, shows a a growing number of deaths that come from a driver running a red light. According to the report, Utah ranks fourth in the number of per capita red-light deaths – 3.9 per one million residents, a total of 112 deaths in the state over the past 10 years.
Sam Penrod

“If your vehicle is not in the intersection, then it’s a violation of the law if the light is turning yellow and you keep going,” Halladay said.

Whether in a hurry, distracted or under the influence, drivers are running red lights more often. However, it’s a statistic that officers said can easily be fixed if drivers simply follow the law.

“Just slow down, stop, because you’re going to avoid getting into a serious accident,” Halladay said.

Officers hope the real deterrent is the impact these crashes can have on people’s lives and drivers will be quicker to apply the brake when they see a yellow light.