Red Light Cameras

Red-Light Running Facts

Red-Light Running Is a Dangerous and Costly Problem

  • Red-light running is the leading cause of urban crashes according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
  • In 2006, 144,000 injuries and nearly 900 fatalities in the U.S. were attributed to red-light running. There were more than 1.8 million accidents at intersections.

A Crash Caused by a Driver Who Runs a Red Light Is More Likely to Result in Serious Injury or Death

  • Deaths caused by red-light running are increasing at more than three times the rate of increase for all other fatal crashes.
  • More people are injured in crashes involving red-light running than in any other crash type.
  • Reduction in red-light running through a comprehensive red-light camera program will promote and protect the public health, safety, and welfare of Millbrae's citizens.

Most People Run Red Lights Because They Are in a Hurry, When in Fact They Save Only Seconds

  • Almost all drivers (96%) fear being struck by a red-light runner.
  • A majority of Americans (56%) admit to running red lights.
  • Red-light runners can be anyone who drives.
  • One in three Americans knows someone who has been injured or killed in a red-light running crash.
  • Red-light running is often a result of aggressive driving and is completely preventable.


  • "Stop Red Light Running," Federal Highway Administration Safety Website
  • R. A. Retting and A.F. Williams, "Characteristics of Red Light Violators: Results of a Field Investigation," Journal of Safety Research (1996): 27.1, 9-15.