Author: James A. Bonneson, P.E.
fax: (979) 845-6254
Karl H. Zimmerman
Assistant Research Scientist
Texas Transportation Institute
The Texas A&M University System
3135 TAMU College Station, TX 77843-3135
Submitted for Consideration of Presentation and Publication at:
Transportation Research Board
83rd Annual Meeting
July 29, 2003
Statistics indicate that red-light-running has become a significant safety problem throughout the United States. It is estimated that about 200,000 red-light-running-related collisions occur at signalized intersections in the U.S. each year. There is a wide range of potential countermeasures to the red-light-running problem. The objective of this research is to quantify the effectiveness of an increase in yellow interval duration as an engineering countermeasure to red-light violations.
A before-after study is described and the resulting data used to quantify the effect of increasing the yellow interval on the frequency of red-light violations. Based on this research, it was concluded that:
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