A unique pilot project in Florida aims to prevent collisions caused by red light runners. The Florida Department of Transportation has given the city of Jacksonville permission to install the Halo automated collision prevention system at 11 intersections, and officials hope the system, which uses SmartSensor Advance for vehicle detection, will help save lives.

March 28, 2014

PROVO, UT—A unique pilot project in Florida aims to prevent collisions caused by red light runners. The Florida Department of Transportation has given the city of Jacksonville permission to install the Halo automated collision prevention system at 11 intersections, and officials hope the system, which uses SmartSensor Advance for vehicle detection, will help save lives. 

Halo is the brainchild of Redflex Traffic Systems, one of the leading manufacturers of red light enforcement cameras in the United States. The Jacksonville pilot project uses SmartSensor Advance to monitor traffic as it approaches the intersection; Advance continuously tracks the speed and distance of individual vehicles and will extend the green light for vehicles at risk of running a red light. If Advance determines that a vehicle may run the red light, then the Halo system will hold the all-red phase so that cross-traffic stays put until the intersection is clear. If a vehicle does run the red light, then an enforcement camera will capture the vehicle’s license plate number and the driver will be fined.

Redflex Traffic Systems estimates that the system will reduce red-light related crashes by 24 percent. If the initial pilot of 11 intersections is successful, Jacksonville officials plan to extend the project throughout the city.