NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – An alarming new report shows the number of deadly red light crashes has climbed to a ten-year high.
The American Automobile Association analyzed all red light crashes from 2017 – the most recent data available – and found 939 people were killed nationwide.READ MORE: Times Square Shooting: Hero Officer Alyssa Vogel Speaks About Rescuing 4-Year-Old Gunshot Victim
That’s a 28-percent increase from five years ago.
The research shows more than two people are killed every day in crashes involving someone who ran a red light.READ MORE: FDA Grants Pfizer Emergency Use For COVID-19 Vaccine For Children Ages 12 To 15
“The problem is drivers are distracted, they’re impatient and they’re reckless and they’re making the decision to run a red light instead of safely stopping,” Doug Shupe of AAA said.
The motor club says it wants to see more red light cameras at busy intersections.MORE NEWS: Homeless Services Head Steven Banks Defends NYC's Process Of Getting Vulnerable People Off The Streets
The report also shows one-in-three drivers admit to running a red light in the past month – even when they knew they could have stopped.