LIFE-SAVING technology designed to reduce the number of crashes caused by drivers running red lights is being trailed at a number of intersections in Queensland.
Hold the Red is an active collision prevention system using radar to detect vehicles that are about to run a red light.
When danger is identified, opposing traffic lights are held on red to halt drivers waiting for their lights to change to green.
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Minister for Transport and Main Roads Mark Bailey said about 11 percent of all serious casualties on Queensland roads occurred at intersections with traffic lights.
He said the Hold the Red system was already in use in Florida where it has been credited with cutting collisions at intersections.
“The Department of Transport and Main Roads has teamed up with Queensland Police to put this technology – known as Hold the Red – to the test on Queensland roads,” he said.
“During the past five years, 42 people have been killed and more than 3,000 hospitalised in crashes at signalised intersections in Queensland.
“Red light running is a complex problem.
“There is no single reason why drivers do it but what we do know is those resulting accidents are likely to be T-bone crashes, which have a higher potential of causing death or serious injury.
“Hold the Red lowers the risk of a crash at sites where it is installed while still allowing for offenders to be penalised. This will keep other drivers safe, while still acting as a deterrence to offenders.”
Mr Bailey said the Palaszczuk Government was committed to reducing the emotional and financial burden road trauma placed on the community.
“Hold the Red represents a success for the Palaszczuk Government’s commitment to embracing new ideas and technology,” he said.
“I am excited to announce Queensland is leading the way in Australia by being the first to trial Hold the Red.”
The trial will be evaluated by independent consultants.