In 2017 there were about 132,000 people injured and 939 people killed in red-light running crashes, which was a 10 year high! On average 2 people died every day due to these crashes in the US in 2017. The drivers that run the red-light make up only 35% of the deaths, while pedestrians, bicyclists, and occupants in vehicles make up for over half the deaths caused by running red lights. 28% of the crash deaths that occur at signalized intersections are the result of a driver running through a red-light. It's not just running red-lights that contribute to accidents, sliding through stop signs is among the most common causes of accidents on the road as well. Red-light running and sliding through stop signs are both completely preventable by paying attention and safe driving. Most red-light running is a caused by distracted drivers or aggressive drivers.
While most people know running a red-light is irresponsible and unsafe they still do it. So the next time you think you can make that yellow light just slow down and stop instead. You may save a life, even your own.
For more info head to ncsrsafety.org