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Auto Accidents

A Capital Metro bus collided with another vehicle that ran a red light in downtown Austin at the intersection of North Interstate 35 northbound service road and East 11th Street. The collision occurred around 2:40 p.m. on Sunday, according to a Captial Metro spokesperson. Reports show seven victims sustained injuries from the crash, including two children; however, eight people were hospitalized. While everyone received treatment at local hospitals, the two children received treatment at Dell Children’s Medical Center with critical, life-threatening injuries. Three adults sustained serious injuries – one of which is considered life-threatening. Two others sustained non-life-threatening injuries.

Running Red Lights in Texas

Recent AAA Foundation data analysis finds more than two people are killed every day in the U.S. from red-light running crashes. This includes motorists, passengers, pedestrians, and cyclists. What’s more, Texas Ranks in the top ten states for the highest total of red-light running deaths.

Noting the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety’s analysis – between 2008 and 2017, there were 971 deaths on Texas roadways caused by drivers running red lights. Nearly half of the reported deaths were occupants in another vehicle other than the one operated by the red-light runner. This means that per capita, Texas has the 6th highest rate of red-light running deaths of any state.

About two in five motorists have admitted that it is unlikely for a police officer to pull them over for running a red light. However, running a red light is against the law. In the event of a deadly collision, the motorist may serve jail time.

Taking a Closer Look

According to AAA Foundation, twenty-eight percent of fatalities that occur across the U.S. at signalized intersections are the result of a driver running through a red light. Here are some statistics to keep in mind when on the road:

  • Nearly half – 46% – of those killed in red-light running crashes were passengers or people in other vehicles and more than 5% were pedestrians or cyclists.
  • Over 35% of those killed were the drivers who ran the red light.
  • 85% of drivers view red light running as very dangerous, yet nearly one in three say they blew through a red light within the past 30 days when they could have stopped safely.
  • The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) found that when properly implemented, red light cameras reduced the fatal red light running crash rate of large cities by 21% and the rate of all types of fatal crashes at signalized intersections by 14%.

A Change in Motorist Behavior Crucially Needed

Changes in driver behavior are critical in reducing the number of red-light running crashes on U.S. roads. To prevent red light crashes, AAA recommends that motorists should always:

  • Use Good Judgment: Monitor green lights. For example, the green lights that have been green a long time as you’ve approached the intersection- they’re more likely to turn yellow as you arrive at the intersection.
  • Tap the Brake: Tap your brakes a couple of times before fully applying them to slow down. This will catch the attention of drivers who may be inattentive or distracted behind you.
  • Drive Defensively: Before you enter an intersection after the light has turned green for you, take a second and look both ways before proceeding.  

Pedestrians and cyclists can stay safe when traveling near intersections by implementing these AAA recommendations:

  • Wait: Give yourself a few seconds to make sure all cars have come to a complete stop before moving through the intersection.
  • Stay Alert and Listen: Don’t take chances and don’t wear headphones. Watch what is going on and give your full attention to the environment around you.
  • Be Visible: Stay in well-lit areas, especially when crossing the street.
  • Make Eye Contact: Look at drivers in stopped vehicles to ensure they see you before crossing the road in front of them.

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