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Traffic Light Technology

The nondescript traffic light has certainly come a long way from the early days when it was lighted at night in London’s busiest intersection to keep trains and horse-drawn carriages from running over members of Parliament. In those days, the “light” part of traffic light referred to the gas lamp that illuminated the semaphore so that everyone could tell what to do after dark at George and Bridge streets.

Today, intersections are a high-tech amalgam of cameras, sensors and lights in several shapes and structures. Despite all of these changes, motorists still run the occasional red light or receive a traffic ticket for any number of offenses. In fact, as traffic light intersections become more skilled at nabbing offending motorists, the only people happier than the local traffic ticket lawyer is the city accountant, who watches far more money pass into city coffers as fines become more numerous.

Here is a brief summary of the changes in traffic light technology in recent years:

• Incandescent and halogen bulbs have been increasingly replaced by LED and compact fluorescent bulbs. LED lights in particular are a great deal for municipalities because they consume far less power and last much longer. The only drawback to LEDs is that they do not run hot, so they cannot melt snow and ice away from a typical traffic signal.

• The newest forms of traffic lights cannot be seen in lanes other than the ones that they direct, cutting down on driver confusion. These lights rest off-axis and are nearly invisible to adjacent lanes. These “programmable visibility” lights diffuse light through two lens to focus on their intended lanes.

• Traffic lights themselves have grown in average diameter from 8” to 12” in recent years.

• The next frontier for advancement in traffic light technology boggles the mind. “Smart traffic lights” will soon be able to alert drivers of oncoming vehicles of imminent light changes, which will result in greater safety and reduced waiting times. The technology for lights to do this is already developed; what needs to happen is for automobiles to be equipped with systems to understand what traffic lights are saying. This will result in a huge leap forward in traffic light technology.

One wonders if drivers will heed the smart traffic lights’ signals and adjust their speed accordingly. The guess here is that they will if they are not in a hurry, which means that even if signals are warning motorists about a red traffic light, they still might not pay heed.

That will keep the local traffic ticket attorney in business, who may plead that the signals were not understandable or functioning correctly. How will that be proven or disproven in court? The battle of man vs. machine will probably continue as the wily traffic ticket lawyer takes on an entire bank of computers to justify why his client earned a speeding ticket when warned that the light would turn red in the next couple of seconds by a smart light.

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

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