Observation and analysis of driver behavior at intersections in malfunction flash mode
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Drivers are expected to traverse through an intersection in malfunctioning flash mode in the same manner as a stop-sign controlled intersection. Red/red flash corresponds to four-way stop control and yellow/red flash corresponds to two-way stop control. However, at a red flashing signal there is no assurance that a driver can see the cross street indication (i.e., yellow or red flash) and therefore does not know if the intersection is operating as a two-way or four-way flash. In addition, some drivers appear unclear on the rules at a flashing signal. This confusion makes the intersection more accident prone. This study builds upon several previous studies, using data extracted from existing files. The objective of this study is to determine the level of drivers' understanding of the flash control through an analysis of violation rates and types at recorded intersection in malfunction flash. Comparing these violation rates to those at comparable stop-control intersections will help illustrate the difference in drivers' understanding of these similar intersection control devices.