Post by DontDentMyCar on Jan 30, 2014 13:02:58 GMT -5
All too often vehicles run red lights. Besides an idea put forth to change how the illuminated red light works as post here, there's another thing cities can do.
Put a Red Line on the road that tells drivers when to brake if they see a yellow light. The red line would be positioned to inform a driver driving at the speed limit that they will have enough time to stop if they haven't already passed the red line.
This means if someone is driving and they haven't passed the red line, and the yellow traffic light is initiated, they should stop.
This would fundamentally take the guessing out as to whether to stop or try to 'make the light'. For those who are confused by this, there are many times when I'm not sure I will be able to stop in time, so continue through a changing light. Of course anyone who passes the stop line when the light is red is illegally running a red light. There is a 'zone' where it is hard to determine, where the distance to the stop line is closer to the moving vehicle and therefore a gray area of decision for the driver. Having a distance line that tells every driver to stop, or proceed would eliminate many questionable moments. Remember, the decision as to whether to stop or proceed must be made with less than a second's time, so this extra tool would be extremely helpful.
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