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What Type of Accident Has Hit a Ten Year High in Wisconsin?

There are many behaviors that if engaged in while driving are dangerous and increase the risk of being involved in a motor vehicle accident. Some examples of these dangerous driving behaviors include distracted driving, such as texting while driving and not adhering to the posted speed limit. A type of dangerous driving that has been on the rise in Milwaukee is reckless driving. This reckless driving has resulted in a 10 year high of red light running accidents that have resulted in fatalities.

According to the AAA Foundation for traffic safety, the amount of people that have been killed in red light running accidents has been on the rise. According to AAA, more than two people are killed each day by drivers that have run red lights. In 2017, there were 22 fatalities that resulted from drivers running red lights in Wisconsin.

Because of the rise in reckless driving in Milwaukee, the “Take it EZ” campaign has begun to help combat reckless driving behaviors, including red light running. The campaign hopes to teach drivers the risks of reckless driving and work towards changes in driving behavior that will make the roads safer for everyone. In support of the campaign, AAA has partnered with local leaders in Milwaukee and will be purchasing and distributing vehicle magnets and stickers to raise awareness for the campaign. The Take it EZ campaign initiative includes increased monitoring by the Milwaukee Police Department, a campaign to spread information about the dangers of reckless driving and involvement of members in the community.

AAA has some tips to help prevent red light accidents. The tips include:

  • Be prepared to stop before entering into an intersection.
  • Use good judgment. If the light has been green for a while, it is more likely to turn yellow as you approach the intersection.
  • Tap the brake. This can help signal other drivers that you are preparing to stop.
  • Drive defensively and look both ways before entering an intersection.

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