Get access

Effectiveness of red light cameras on the right-angle crash involvement of motorcycles

Authors

  • Hoong Chor Chin,

    1. Department of Civil Engineering, National University of Singapore (NUS), Singapore 117576
    Search for more papers by this author
    • Associate Professor.

  • Md. Mazharul Haque

    Corresponding author
    1. Department of Civil Engineering, National University of Singapore (NUS), Singapore 117576
    • Department of Civil Engineering, National University of Singapore (NSU), Singapore 117576.
    Search for more papers by this author
    • Research Fellow.


Abstract

Red light cameras (RLCs) have been used to reduce right-angle collisions at signalized intersections. However, the effect of RLCs on motorcycle crashes has not been well investigated. The objective of this study is to evaluate the effectiveness of RLCs on motorcycle safety in Singapore. This is done by comparing their exposure, proneness of at-fault right-angle crashes as well as the resulting right-angle collisions at RLC with those at non-RLC sites. Estimating the crash vulnerability from not-at-fault crash involvements, the study shows that with a RLC, the relative crash vulnerability (RCV) or crash-involved exposure of motorcycles at right-angle crashes is reduced. Furthermore, field investigation of motorcycle maneuvers reveal that at non-RLC arms, motorcyclists usually queue beyond the stop line, facilitating an earlier discharge, and hence become more exposed to the conflicting stream. However at arms with a RLC, motorcyclists are more restrained to avoid activating the RLC and hence become less exposed to conflicting traffic during the initial period of the green. The study also shows that in right-angle collisions, the proneness of at-fault crashes of motorcycles is lowest among all vehicle types. Hence motorcycles are more likely to be victims than the responsible parties in right-angle crashes. RLCs have also been found to be very effective in reducing at-fault crash involvements of other vehicle types which may implicate exposed motorcycles in the conflicting stream. Taking all these into account, the presence of RLCs should significantly reduce the vulnerability of motorcycles at signalized intersections. Copyright © 2010 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

Ancillary