reports on a new study commissioned by the National Coalition for Safer Roads and FocusDriven. The study found that approximately 12 percent of red light violations are caused by distracted driving.

The research looked at 118 intersections in 19 communities over a three-month time span. After reviewing stoplight camera images from those intersections, researchers found that roughly 12 percent could be attributed to distracted driving. Extrapolating that evidence to the US at large, the two safety organizations claim distracted driving could be responsible for as many as 7.3 million red light infractions across the United states in 2012.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has said drivers running red lights is the leading cause of accidents in urban settings. Combined with the fact that the National Safety Council has highlighted cell phone use as a factor in 21 percent of all crashes and it’s easy to see need for action to address driver distraction.

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