New Study: Distracted Driving to Blame For 7.3 Million Red Light Violations

by Carmen Dellutri on July 10, 2013

port charlotte accident lawyerRed light running is one of the primary causes of intersection collisions. While some drivers intentionally ignore the traffic light, a new study reveals that many drivers may just be too distracted to realize that they should have stopped.

The research, which was commissioned by National Coalition for Safer Roads and FocusDriven, examined a sample of 118 red-light safety camera intersections in 19 communities over a three-month period. The data revealed that distracted driving caused 12 percent of red-light violations during that time period.

Based on their initial findings, the researchers estimated that 7.3 million intersection violations across the United States were attributed to distracted driving in 2012. While the number may sound shocking, it makes sense in light of prior research. For example, the National Safety Council concluded that cell phone use is a factor in 21 percent of crashes. In addition, drivers talking on handheld or hands-free cell phones are four times more likely to be involved in a car crash.

Interestingly, the study also looked at the impact of cell phone bans on red light violations by comparing the communities in the sample with strict cell phone bans with communities with less restrictive or no regulations against cell phone use while driving. The analysis revealed that less than 10 percent of red-light violations involved distracted driving in communities with strict laws against cell phone use – compared to more than 16 percent in communities that do not.


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