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FDOT re-calculates yellow light duration to increase safety

Posted By Amanda Bayhi On June 12, 2013 @ 11:35 am In News & Analysis | No Comments

(Photo: Mike Sheehan / Flickr) [1]

(Photo: Mike Sheehan / Flickr [2])

Following a bit of controversy over the yellow light durations at red light cameras in Florida [3], the Florida Department of Transportation has announced that it will re-calculate the amount of time yellow lights are active, according to The Florida Times-Union [4].

FDOT plans to add four-tenths of a second to select red lights in the state. The average yellow light at a camera-installed traffic signal in Jacksonville, Florida, lasts about 4.09 seconds. The statewide re-calculations will take place at traffic lights both with and without cameras.

Mark Wilson, FDOT traffic operations engineer, said the agency is performing the re-calculations in an attempt to decrease rear-end crashes and to give slow-reacting drivers more time to brake for changing lights.

Wilson plans to host a roundtable this month at the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials annual meeting, where participants will discuss the re-calculations.

FDOT re-calculates yellow light duration to increase safety

Posted By Amanda Bayhi On June 12, 2013 @ 11:35 am In News & Analysis | No Comments

(Photo: Mike Sheehan / Flickr) [1]

(Photo: Mike Sheehan / Flickr [2])

Following a bit of controversy over the yellow light durations at red light cameras in Florida [3], the Florida Department of Transportation has announced that it will re-calculate the amount of time yellow lights are active, according to The Florida Times-Union [4].

FDOT plans to add four-tenths of a second to select red lights in the state. The average yellow light at a camera-installed traffic signal in Jacksonville, Florida, lasts about 4.09 seconds. The statewide re-calculations will take place at traffic lights both with and without cameras.

Mark Wilson, FDOT traffic operations engineer, said the agency is performing the re-calculations in an attempt to decrease rear-end crashes and to give slow-reacting drivers more time to brake for changing lights.

Wilson plans to host a roundtable this month at the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials annual meeting, where participants will discuss the re-calculations.


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[2] Mike Sheehan / Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/finsterbaby/198531139/

[3] a bit of controversy over the yellow light durations at red light cameras in Florida: http://www.equipmentworld.com/floridas-red-light-camera-game-g-r-e-e-n-orange-r-e-d/

[4] according to The Florida Times-Union: http://jacksonville.com/news/metro/2013-06-11/story/fdot-give-motorists-more-time-stop-red-lights

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