Encyclopedia of Law and Economics

2019 Edition
| Editors: Alain Marciano, Giovanni Battista Ramello

Traffic Lights Violations

  • Laurent CarnisEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-7753-2_588


Traffic light running is a violation of Highway Code that endangers the offender as well as other road users. The consequences of crash risk induced by this reckless behavior can be interpreted as a social cost and call for public intervention. Several tools are available for policy makers to enforce traffic light obedience. However, the cost of public intervention must be in line with the social cost of violations.

Although there is a sizable literature dealing with traffic light running, researchers generally focus on the predictors of such behavior and the impact of the countermeasures. This entry presents a literature overview from an economic perspective and proposes an economic analysis of traffic light violations and their regulation.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University Paris Est and IFSTTARNoisy-le-GrandFrance