Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Did you know that yellow lights are not all created equal? Well they’re not, some are long while others are short and I will give you one guess why. Some say it’s because of the profit cities make from red light cameras. The National Motorists Association (NMA) thinks a federal standard should be implemented to make all yellow lights longer, and they won’t take no for an answer. They have brought the issue to the attention of the Federal Highway Administration stating, “a one second increase in the duration of yellow light signals reduces intersection collisions by 40 percent.” Some say the quick yellow light and impending sense of doom the red light cameras inflict are the reason for so many crashes in these intersections. In New Jersey earlier this week, the New Jersey Department of Transportation debated the merits of red light cameras all together. It was reported that there has been a 20% increase in accidents year over year. Sounds like policy makers will be taking a second look at this public safety issue, as the community will not give up. Do you agree that yellow lights should be made longer?