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According to AAA, drivers running red lights jumped almost 30% from 2012 to 2017. (Photo: Shutterstock) According to AAA, drivers running red lights jumped almost 30% from 2012 to 2017. (Photo: Shutterstock)

The number of people killed as the result of drivers running red lights has spiked sharply in recent years, according to an analysis of crash data by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. And, more often than not (almost 65% of the time), the victim is not the offending driver.

“This disturbing trend impacts everyone on our roadways – drivers, passengers, cyclists, and pedestrians,” said Lori Weaver Hawkins, public and government affairs manager at AAA Blue Grass. “It is critical that all parties understand this increased risk and adjust their behaviors accordingly. While you can’t control the bad behavior of other drivers, you can change your own behavior to minimize risk.”

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Victoria Spears

Victoria Prussen Spears is senior vice president of Meyerowitz Communications Inc., a law firm marketing communications consulting company. A graduate of Sarah Lawrence College and Brooklyn Law School, Ms. Spears was an attorney at a leading New York City law firm before joining Meyerowitz Communications. She may be contacted at [email protected]

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