‘Hold the red’ technology could prevent crashes

The State’s peak motoring body has welcomed new technology which would hold a red traffic light for a longer period after a car had gone through a red light, to protect surrounding road users.

The Courier Mail reported the ‘hold the red’ technology was being trialled in Queensland and used a radar to detect when a vehicle was going to run a red light.

RACQ’s Head of Technical and Safety Policy Steve Spalding said the technology could potentially prevent t-bone crashes.

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“T-bone crashes are often amongst the most dangerous and can have deadly consequences,” Mr Spalding said.

“We look forward to the results of the trial and are always interested in new technologies that can reduce crashes.”

Mr Spalding said it was ultimately the driver’s responsibility to ensure they travelled through intersections safely.

“We don’t want some motorists to assume all intersections have this technology and deliberately charge through a red,” he said.

“Crashes at intersections can be avoided by obeying traffic signals and signs, not rushing, giving way correctly and following at a safe distance.”