Turn right despite red traffic light: Transport Minister Hofer presents pilootovergangen
VIENNA / LINZ. For the time being, motorists and cyclists can turn right at three selected intersections in Linz from 2019, although they turn right at the red light. Minister Norbert Hofer (FP) announced this today in a press conference.
Prototype Germany: this sign allows motorists to turn right despite red light.
Transport minister Norbert Hofer (FP) should have preferred his efforts in road traffic to Upper Austria: after Pace 140 on the A1 now in Linz, the right turn was tested despite the red light.
Today, Tuesday, the Minister of Transport and his party colleague, the Linz Transport City Council Markus Hein, gave one press conference known where the crossroads of the pilots were:
One of the three pillar crosses is in Kaplanhofviertel on the north side of the Kepler University Hospital.
The site plan:
Another trial intersection is in the district Ebelsberg south of the former Hiller barracks.
The third crossing of the pilot is inside St.Magdalena at the tram station Dornach:
"Every vehicle must stop at the bus stop and ensure that other road users are not hindered or compromised, and each intersection is checked for suitability before it is equipped with a green arrow," says Transportminister Hofer during the press conference.
Hofer shows the traffic signs that allow right in red:
"The daily traffic jam on the roads, combined with the negative health effects of the increased particulate matter pollution, is a thorn in the Linzer population", says the infrastructure council of the city of Linz. Markus Hein"We therefore welcome all measures that serve to reduce the emission of particulate matter and at the same time make traffic as smooth as possible or prevent unnecessary stagnation and congestion," explains the city council.
Confirmed in advance Hein: "Linz becomes a test region."
AMTC and ARB are critical of the proposal. "Most intersections that do that are already equipped with track signals," says Martin Hoffer, head of the legal department at AMTC. Switching off in red would have a negative effect on the value of the red signal as a whole, and the club of the car driver is worried. There are "other ways to make traffic smoother," says Hoffer. The planned change in the right turn could lead, especially in the cities at the traffic lights to solve problems, the ARB concerns. "These circuits work together, and as more drivers drive to the right in the red phase, some roads can clamp faster than before," argues the ARB. A conversion of the traffic light circuits would cost some millions of euros in Vienna alone.
Danger for cyclists?
Also the Traffic Club Austria (VC) sees the attempt critically: "The right curve to red without its own traffic lights yields little for the traffic flow, but represents a high risk for pedestrians and cyclists, keyword: blind spot," says Markus Gansterer of VC . At a crossroads, motorists also had to take into account the risk that pedestrians march over the crossroads in red and also watch traffic from the left. "Experience from the US shows that this has led to more accidents." In Germany the arrows with the arrows to the right are "a remnant from the GDR". In any case, the basic requirement for such a project is that the crossing is particularly easy to see. "But it would also be good to introduce a separate right-handed phase via an adapted traffic light control system." (staro, hes, hip)
Where is it allowed?
In the USA and Germany, the correct turn is at least partially permitted in red light.
In Germany, a separate sign with a green arrow points to the possibility to go right in the red. In the US it is the other way around. There, right at red since the 1970s is allowed on most intersections. If there is a prohibition on a certain intersection, a sign with the text & # 39; No right red & # 39; to.
3 questions to … Peter Jonas, traffic psychologist
Peter Jonas is the director of the institute "Gute Fahrt" and sees advantages and disadvantages in the planned attempt to turn right at certain intersections despite the red traffic light.
1. Right turn at intersections despite red light: how does the model work?
For drivers who come to the intersection and want to turn right, the red traffic light is like a stop sign. You have to stop, see if someone is coming and you can drive.
2. What do you think as a traffic psychologist of the planned lawsuit?
It is a very exciting idea and a practical way to improve traffic flow. However, I see more of a symbolic policy that does not have much to do with the real problems on the road.
3. Where do you see the advantages and disadvantages?
The advantage lies in the accelerated traffic flow. By far, however, not all intersections are suitable for this purpose. The disadvantage is the inconsistency of the system. The model does not apply to all intersections. This can overload drivers, lead to misunderstandings and cause accidents.
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