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Colors of Traffic signals

The colors of red, yellow and green are so taken for granted when we look at traffic signals that we rarely ponder why those colors were chosen. The history books offer limited help, although there is some evidence that red had been used for “stop” for decades on the rail lines before the first traffic signal was lit in 1868 in London.

Here is a summary of why these three colors were chosen for the humble traffic light, although it should be noted that yellow is not always included in traffic signals when you travel abroad. Don’t be shocked to see just two colors on those traffic lights, and keep your head on a swivel as you drive in countries that don’t bother with the caution light! If you do run a red light abroad, be assured that few intersections have cameras in the countries where yellow is omitted. Besides, you might be able to find a good traffic ticket attorney in Kenya if you look hard enough.

• Red has signaled “stop” on rail lines before automobiles were invented, many believe because it is the color of blood and is often associated with danger.

• The case for green is less solid. Most people associate green with relaxation and health, thus a driver can relax and proceed as long as the light is green. This logic breaks down, however, when we realize that white was the color for “proceed” on rail lines that used colored signals. The switch to green was done more for visibility than psychological reasons. Green is easily visible at night, for instance. This color was also used for caution in some rail lights.

• Yellow has shown up in a variety of lights for centuries. It is the color, of course, of the flame that lit early man’s dwellings, and has been the color to light the night for millennia. There is no clear reason why yellow was chosen for caution other than as a contrast to red and green. Again, it is not used in all countries. White lights have also shown up on traffic lights, but yellow is far more visible during the day and at night, although anyone who has driven with the sun in their eyes can attest to the difficulty of seeing a yellow light at times.

• Color blindness is combated by adding a dose of orange to red lights and a dose of blue to green light lenses. Some traffic lights even feature lenses shaped like a stop sign, etc., to further guide motorists that might have the common red-green blindness.
The colors of red, green and yellow make more sense when you consider the alternatives. Purple lights would be hard to see; blue lights do not stand for “stop” or “go” in any other contexts. Orange lights would be harder to contrast with red and/or yellow and would present their own problems. White lights were discarded long ago due to poor visibility.

Now that these colors have been firmly established as the shorthand for “stop”, “get in or get out” and “go”, no one has an excuse when they run a red light. The only recourse when caught for this offense is a skilled speeding ticket lawyers, which come in several colors.

If you have received a traffic ticket, please contact an experienced speeding ticket lawyers. Protect your right to drive legally

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