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AAA: Wisconsin red light running deaths hit 10-year high

Posted at 1:59 PM, Aug 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-29 15:03:45-04

MILWAUKEE — More than two people are killed every day on U.S. roads by impatient drivers who run red lights, according to a study conducted by the AAA Traffic Safety Foundation.

Crash data from law enforcement agencies nationwide showed 939 people were killed in red light running crashes in 2017 -- a 10-year high and a 22% increase over the average from 2008-2016.

Twenty-two people died from these type of crashes in Wisconsin in 2017, a 150% increase over the 2008-2016 average.

The AAA Auto Club is partnering with local leaders to support the "Take it EZ" campaign, intended to combat reckless drivers. The company plans to purchase and distribute vehicle magnets and stickers at their local office to remind residents to slow down.

“Drivers who decide to run a red light when they could have stopped safely are making a reckless choice that puts other road users in danger,” said Nick Jarmusz, a spokesperson for AAA.

The Milwaukee Police Department encourages residents to report reckless driving.