| Lists |

Ten Worst U.S. Cities for Red-Light Fatalities — and Denver's Sad Score

Keep Westword Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Denver and help keep the future of Westword free.

This month, the National Coalition for Safer Roads launched a campaign called "Stop Distraction on Red."

The goal: to cut down on the number of drivers who run red lights, often with tragic results.

To illustrate this point, the NCSR assembled a list of the ten cities with the most fatalities between 2004 and 2013 that were associated with running red lights.

And unfortunately, Denver made the list.

Count down the top ten below, followed by a screen capture from a Denver map highlighting the areas where the deaths occurred. (As you'll see, the majority took place in the downtown area.) To view an interactive map that allows users to see data from Denver and many additional cities — including two more in Colorado — click here.

Number 1. HOUSTON, TX
Fatalities, 2004-2013: 181

Number 2. PHOENIX, AZ
Fatalities, 2004-2013: 127

Fatalities, 2004-2013: 125

Number 4. LAS VEGAS, NV
Fatalities, 2004-2013: 105

Number 5. CHICAGO, IL
Fatalities, 2004-2013: 99

Number 6. MIAMI, FL
Fatalities, 2004-2013: 82

Number 7. DALLAS, TX
Fatalities, 2004-2013: 71

Fatalities, 2004-2013: 63

Number 9. TUCSON, AZ
Fatalities, 2004-2013: 61

Number 10. DENVER, CO
Fatalities, 2004-2013: 60

Here's the map showing where the fatalities took place in the Denver-metro area.

Send your story tips to the author, Michael Roberts.

Keep Westword Free... Since we started Westword, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Denver, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Denver with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the Westword community and help support independent local journalism in Denver.


Join the Westword community and help support independent local journalism in Denver.