Auckland Transport are trialling a new warning system in Remuera till the end of September next year in a bid to stop people running red lights. They’re adding red markers to the road that light up when the signals have changed as another visual clue that drivers need to stop. They started in September by installing CCTV cameras so they could get pre-trial data to see the effectiveness and the markers will remain till September next year.
Red light runners are being targeted with a new warning system.
Auckland Transport has started a trial at two intersections in Remuera to try to stop motorists running the lights.
Auckland Transport’s Network Operations and Safety Manager Randhir Karma says the trial is to see whether red light running can be prevented at two closely spaced intersections by putting in red illuminated markers on the road.
“Lights in the traffic lanes are linked to the traffic signals and warn drivers by showing that the signals have turned red and they must stop.”
Both Remuera Road/Clonbern Road and Remuera Road/Victoria Ave intersections have traffic signals and are located quite close to each other. The two intersections are within the Remuera Town Centre and are busy with both traffic and pedestrians.
Over the five years 2010 – 2014, a total of 12 crashes have been reported in this area, three involved failing to give way and two were rear end crashes which may have been caused by red light running.
Mr Karma says, “There have also been a number of near misses between pedestrians and vehicles. Over the years, safety concerns have been raised by the local community and Remuera businesses, we hope this will help deal with the problem.”
The Orakei Local Board’s Ken Baguley is welcoming the trial. “This is a cost effective way to get the message to motorists that the lights ahead are red.”
The trial is scheduled to last until the end of September 2016. Auckland Transport will undertake the evaluation of the trial and report to NZ Transport Agency.
Auckland Transport will conduct traffic analysis during the trial, together with input from the public, to determine whether the lights in the road have improved the safety of the intersections.
It’s good to see AT taking a more active approach to red light running which is quite prevalent in many parts of Auckland. I guess my only concern with it is that the lights only seem to come on at the same time as the red lights so those intending on running a red light will likely keep doing so. As such I wonder if there’s value in having orange versions too?