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Dreaded Yellow Light May Be Trap for Traffic Violations

Millions of drivers hitting the road for the busy holiday travel season are warned by the National Motorists Association to beware of the yellow lights.

The 30-year-old activist group based in Waunakee, Wis. Stated that the timing of yellow lights on traffic signals at many intersections is purposely set to a minimum so more drivers can be ticketed for running red lights.

In New Jersey for this summer, the transportation department has ordered 21 cities and towns to suspend the use of red-light cameras at 63 intersections as it was proven that the timing of yellow lights at those locations was below the minimum established by state law.

In fact, other cities, including Dallas; Chattanooga, Tenn.; and Union City, Calif. have been also been discovered to have shortened the yellow lights in the past decade as red-light cameras are main sources of steady revenue of the state. The cameras take photos of license plates on any vehicles in any corner while the light is red, and citations have a penalty of $100 or more. Letters are mailed to the registration’s address.

National Motorists Association President Gary Biller believed that cities and for-profit camera companies are maximizing revenues by setting yellow-light times that are too short which he considered a violation of the public trust, and it jeopardizes motorist, cyclist, and pedestrian safety.

Ironically with the use of slightly longer yellow lights, safety can be significantly increased by giving more time for intersections to clear. Biller mentioned one study that showed that one additional second of yellow time can reduce the number of collisions in an intersection by 40 %. By lengthening the time of yellow lights, the red-light violations will be reduced. A recent study made in Texas, concluded that by lengthening the yellow light interval by as little as 0.5 to 1.5 seconds will decrease the incidence of red-light running violations by 50 % or more.

The National Motorist Association is asking the FHWA to mandate a minimum national standard for yellow-light duration. Presently, the federal agency gives only the suggestion that yellow lights should last between 3 and 6 seconds. NMA spokesman John Bowman mentioned that there is an ongoing debate in the traffic-engineering community about what the standard should be.

In 2008, New Jersey passed a law allowing the red-light cameras formula for yellow-light duration based on what the Legislature established. The minimum yellow time is 3 seconds at intersections where traffic is moving at 25 miles per hour, and the time goes up by a half-second for every 5 mph increase in traffic speed. So for intersections where traffic is approaching at 55 mph, the yellow light must be on for a minimum of 6 seconds.

New Jersey Transportation Department believed that insures that the traffic signal is timed properly to provide motorists with sufficient time to avoid a violation and fine by entering an intersection when the light is red.

Matthew J. Weiss, a New York City lawyer warned drivers that if they see yellow and are not already in the intersection, hit the brakes.

A study made by Rakha discovered 2 factors yellow lights: in general, female drivers need longer yellow times compared to male drivers; and age also slightly affects the required yellow time as older drivers need slightly longer yellow times when compared to younger drivers.

The bottom line for the motorists’ association request is that drivers should be given as much time as reasonably possible to decide whether to brake or accelerate on yellow, regardless of what it might do to a city’s traffic-ticket revenues.

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Source: National Journal Com
(http://www.nationaljournal.com/domesticpolicy/dreaded-yellow-light-may-be-trap-for-traffic-violations-20121121)

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