The Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) recently started a pilot project to determine if it is possible to install red light cameras at various Honolulu intersections.
“Red-light running is a major contributing factor to urban crashes nationwide,” said Ed Sniffen, HDOT’s assistant director for highways. “Our goal for the two-year pilot project is to make our streets safer by changing driver behavior.”
The first stage of the two-year pilot program is to conduct technical studies at the intersections and reduce the number of intersections to 10. The studies began last month and are expected to be completed next month.
The studies will identify conditions that may contribute to red light violations as well as appropriate countermeasures.
HDOT worked with the Honolulu City and County Department of Transportation Services to screen potential intersections. They were selected based on site suitability and accident history.
The second stage of the process will be the installation of signage that will advise of the presence of an automated control at the 10 intersections.
Camera systems will then be installed and staff will be trained to review the images captured by the systems.
HDOT awarded the contract to Redflex Traffic Safety Systems, now owned and operated as Verra Mobility, to install and support the red light operation program.