Nevada sees large increase in red light accident fatalities

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A crash involving a speeding driver who ran a red light on Aug. 31, 2018 claimed the life of an 8-year-old boy.

LAS VEGAS (AP) – A report says the number of fatal auto accidents in Nevada caused by drivers running red lights increased by 60% between 2008 and 2017.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported Sunday that research by AAA found nine people were killed in 2008 compared to 23 in 2017 in accidents involving red traffic lights.

The automobile association says 147 people died in Nevada red-light crashes during that time.

AAA says that among Nevada’s red-light crashes in 2017, 57% of those who died were not in the vehicle that was responsible for the collision.

The organization says 939 people died nationwide in 2017 after drivers ran red lights.

The Nevada Department of Public Safety says 2,212 people were seriously injured in intersection-related crashes between 2012 and 2016.

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