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Study: Fatal Car Crashes at Intersections Going Down 

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(ITASCA, Ill.) -- The number of fatal car crashes resulting from running red lights at intersections is going down, according to a new study released Thursday by the National Safety Council.

Analyzing data from all 50 states and Washington, D.C., the study found that fatal, red-light running crashes at intersections went down by 27 percent between 2005 and 2009.  This reduction also coincides with one in the number of fatal crashes at intersections with traffic lights, which decreased by 17 percent during the same time period.

The analysis does say, however, that the number of non-fatal crashes entering and leaving intersections is slowly increasing, mostly by rear end collisions -- a possible indication drivers are slamming on brakes to avoid running the light.

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