THE PROBLEM OF STOPPING DRIVERS AFTER THE TERMINATION OF THE GREEN SIGNAL AT TRAFFIC LIGHTS

The problem of poor driver observance of traffic light signals is examined in terms of drivers who traverse the stop-line after the termination of the yellow signal interval (the so-called "red-runners"). Analysis of accident statistics confirms that red-running is a significant traffic safety problem, and its incidence is increasing. The paper examines the rationality of traffic regulations governing driver behaviour of yellow and red signals; and analyses the requirements of traffic engineering criteria to promote compliance with the law. Theoretically derived timing algorithms for the yellow and all-red intervals have been evaluated in the field, and it has been concluded that these timings are not critical due to the effect of driver adaptation. It is considered that the deterrent effects of accident risk and penalty severity are low. Three systems of enforcement are discussed, and it is concluded that a high level of police surveillance increases the perceived probability of detection which is a more effective deterrent. A review of recent research indicated that the most promising long-term countermeasure lies in a change of societal attitudes underlying motivation, which is the primary factor influencing driving behaviour. (Author/TRRL)

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    • This paper was presented during the 12th Australian Road Research Board Conference, Hobart, Tasmania, 27-31 August 1984. Only the abstract of the paper is available in the proceedings. Since this paper was accepted by ARRB, it has been published in Traffic Engineering and Control 25(3), March 1984, pp 110-6. As ARRB has a strict policy of not re-publishing work in its conference proceedings, the reader is referred to the above reference for the text of the paper.
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    Melbourne, Victoria  Australia 
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    • HULSCHER, F R
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  • Publication Date: 1984

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  • Pagination: p. 13-27
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    • Volume: 12
    • Issue Number: 5

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  • Accession Number: 00393457
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS, ATRI
  • Created Date: Jul 31 1985 12:00AM