Drivers who ignore or try to beat changing traffic lights pose a serious threat to you and everyone else on the road, and Kentucky’s roadways have more than their fair share of these negligent red-light-running motorists. The number of drivers who blow through red lights is also rising nationwide, making it critical that you exercise extreme care when navigating signaled intersections.
According to The Lane Report, Kentucky ranks seventh in the United States in terms of the number of people who die each year due to others running red lights. Kentucky sees more red-light-related road deaths than most nearby states, including Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, Tennessee and West Virginia.
Kentucky red-light death statistics
Between 2008 and 2017, Kentucky saw 150 people die on its roadways because motorists exercised negligence and blew through traffic signals. Kentucky also has a fatality rate of 3.4 deaths for every million people living in the commonwealth.
National red-light death statistics
While Kentucky is among the worst places for deaths caused by red-light runners, the problem is also growing at the national level. In 2017, 939 people died in crashes resulting from drivers running red lights. This was the highest number of associated deaths reported in the past 10 years. The number of national road deaths resulting from these circumstances also climbed 30% between 2012 and 2017. About two people in the United States died every day during this span due to red-light runners.
Also concerning is the fact that those who die in crashes caused by red-light runners are rarely the drivers who blew through the red lights. About 46% of those deaths involved other drivers or their passengers. Another 5% involved those traveling on foot or by bicycle.