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Report numberRA-2015-002
TitleDrivers’ behavioral responses to combined speed and red light cameras
SubtitleFollow-up study: effectiveness of red light cameras
AuthorsEvelien Polders
Joris Cornu
Tim De Ceunynck
Stijn Daniels
Kris Brijs
Tom Brijs
Elke Hermans
Geert Wets
Published byPolicy Research Centre for Traffic Safety 2012-2015
Number of pages45
Date03/04/2015
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Partner(s)Universiteit Hasselt
Work packageWP3: Human behaviour in relation to system components vehicle-environment
Summary
Background: Numerous signalized intersections worldwide have been equipped with enforcement cameras in order to tackle red light running and often also to enforce speed limits. However, various impact evaluation studies of red light cameras (RLCs) showed an increase of rear-end collisions (up to 44%).
 
Objective: The principal objective of this study is to provide a better insight in possible explaining factors for the increase in rear-end collisions that is caused by placing combined speed and red light cameras (SRLCs).
 
Method: Real-world observations and driving simulator-based observations are combined. Video recordings at two signalized intersections where SRLCs were about to be installed are used to analyze rear-end conflicts, interactions and driver behavior at two conditions (i.e. with and without SRLC). Furthermore, one of these intersections was rebuilt in a driving simulator equipped with an eye tracking system. At this location, two test conditions (i.e. SRLC and SRLC with a warning sign) and one control condition (i.e. no SRLC) are examined. The data of 63 participants were used to estimate the risk of rear-end collisions by means of a Monte Carlo Simulation.
 
Results: The results of the on-site observation study reveal decreases in the number of red and yellow light violations, a shift (i.e. closer to the stop line) in the dilemma zone and a time headway reduction after the installation of the SRLC. Based on the driving simulator data, the odds of rear-end collisions (compared to the control condition) for the conditions with SRLC and SRLC + warning sign is 6.42 and 4.01 respectively.
 
Conclusion: The real-world and driving simulator observations indicate that the risk of rear-end collisions increases when SRLCs are installed. However, this risk might decrease when a warning sign is placed upstream.
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