Map shows how many people have been killed by drivers running red lights


A new interactive map shows how many people have been killed by a driver running a red light.

The National Coalition for Safer Roads put together the map as part of Stop on Red Week – during that time, the organization is partnering with other groups and communities to raise awareness about the dangers of red light running.

According to the coalition's map, 83 people have been killed in Minnesota from 2004-2013 due to a driver running a red light. (The data comes from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Fatality Analysis Reporting System.)

That accounts for about 1.06 percent of the 7,799 national fatalities during that time.

Population-wise, Minnesota's 5.457 million people make up about 1.7 percent of the country.

The map also breaks it down by city, and you can zoom in on a specific intersection.

For example, in St. Paul, four people have been killed during red light running incidents on Snelling Avenue, at the Concordia Avenue and St. Anthony Avenue intersections.

Unsurprisingly, the Twin Cities has the most red light running fatalities in the state with 32.

That's nowhere near the numbers from the 10 cities with the most deaths, which is topped by Houston, Texas, with 181, and concludes with Denver, Colorado, in 10th with 60 fatalities.

There were also 20 such deaths in the metro area north of the Twin Cities, near Brooklyn Park; and 11 in the south metro near Rosemount.

Add to that five in the Winona area, plus two in each of Duluth, the Iron Range, Willmar and Rochester.

Click here to see the full map.

The Federal Highway Administration calls red light running a "serious intersection safety issue across the nation."

The agency determines red light running crash figures by looking at whether it was an intersection or some other crossing; if there was a traffic light on colors; whether the driver was charged with running the light or failing to obey traffic signs; and whether they were going straight.

You can look through the fatality reporting system here.

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