Red-light runner accidents on the rise in Louisville

Red-light runner accidents on the rise in Louisville

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The number of accidents involving people running red lights is on the rise in Louisville.

In 2013, there were 995 traffic collisions in Louisville involving people who disregarded red lights or other traffic controls, including stop signs, according to statistics from Kentucky State Police.

Last year, that number shot up to 1,134 accidents. That's a 14-percent increase. And there was a 10-percent increase in accidents that involved an injury or fatality.

Red-light cameras have been a controversial remedy to reducing the number of accidents involving red-light runners in cities across the nation. But while those red-light cameras have generated millions in revenue for local governments, they've also faced numerous legal challenges and resistance from privacy advocates.

According to the legislative research commission in Frankfort, there is nothing in state statute that allows red-light cameras in Kentucky. And it has not come up in legislation or floor debate in recent years.

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