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Red light running crashes and how to prevent them

In 2017, the number of red light running crash deaths in Georgia and across the U.S. totaled 939: the highest it has been in a decade. This made up 28% of all deaths at signalized intersections. In a recent Traffic Safety Culture Index from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, 85% of drivers said running red lights is wrong, yet nearly one in three admitted to doing it in the past 30 days.

Even worse, more than two in five drivers thought it unlikely that they would be pulled over for running a red light. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has found, though, that red light cameras can do a lot to deter drivers from this illegal act. If properly implemented and regularly calibrated, they can reduce the rate of fatal red light running crashes by 21% in large cities.

Local governments can include cameras as part of a larger traffic safety program. The cameras should be placed at those intersections with a demonstrated pattern of traffic violations and collisions. Signs should be posted to alert drivers that they are on camera.

Drivers can do their part in preventing red light running. First, it's vital to dispense with the phone and any other distractions. Drivers should cover their brake when about to enter an intersection and pause before accelerating at a green light.

Those who are involved in motor vehicle crashes and find out that the other side was speeding or negligent in some other way may have a valid personal injury case on their hands. Of course, pursuing such a case is another matter and may require the advice and guidance of a lawyer. Victims may have a lawyer evaluate their case to see if it holds up under Georgia's rule of modified comparative negligence. The lawyer may then strive for a settlement.

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