2/4/2005Houston Won't Consider Yellow Signal Timing
Houston police official rejects engineering fix to intersections in favor of red light cameras.
A local Houston television station confronted Assistant Police Chief Martha Montalvo with evidence that one of the city's most dangerous intersections had a short yellow. The reporter also explained how San Diego crashes dropped dramatically after the lengthening of the yellow at certain intersections.
The chief's response: "I truly believe this program is going to work, and I don't see the logic of lengthening the yellow light." By program, she's referring to the city's intention to install red light cameras.
Drivers sit through a 55-second red light, get just a 12-second green, and then get trapped by a quick yellow. "Its set up to cause red-light running," [defense attorney Paul] Kubosh says.Source: Up Close: Traffic lights, cameras for what action? (KHOU-TV, 2/4/2005)
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