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Why aren't left turn signals "yields" rather than "stops"?

I have seen many controlled intersections that have one (or more) left turn lanes with one (or more) straight-through lanes with separate signals for the left turn lane(s) versus the straight lane(s). In general, those intersections are designed to have straight-through traffic going from two opposing directions and then alternate with left-turning traffic going from two opposing directions. When the straight-through traffic is passing, why do the left-turning lanes get a red circular light rather than a green circular light or a yellow circular light? [more inside]
posted by saeculorum on Jan 5, 2014 - 21 answers

How can I get my city to improve traffic signal timings?

I live in San Diego, and I hate the traffic lights along a particular road that I always drive on (Genesee Avenue). I'm regularly astonished at how soul-crushingly stupid they can be, and I'm constantly yelling at them from my car like an idiot. What can I do about this? My dream would be to talk to the traffic engineers in my city, really pick their brains and offer my observations. How does one go about making this happen? [more inside]
posted by wuMeFi on Oct 28, 2012 - 12 answers

huh?

why was this police car swerving across lanes? [more inside]
posted by sabh on Jul 27, 2011 - 18 answers

Light working, watch for cop?

Why do cops direct traffic when the lights are working? [more inside]
posted by Hactar on Jan 5, 2010 - 23 answers

Switching off Traffic Lights

I'd like to ask a relatively simple question – what would happen if we switched of traffic lights when we didn't really need them? I'd like to know from an environmental aspect what effect turning off the nations traffic lights would have towards saving electricity and reducing emissions. From a social point of view could the nation's road users manage with such a change? And from a technical innovation view point – could it and should it happen and if so how?
posted by SarahM on Sep 10, 2008 - 22 answers

Press Button to Cross

How does the button on the pedestrian crossing lights work? Does it actually send some sort of signal to the traffic lights, or is it just a psychological thing? It seems rather random timing-wise.
posted by divabat on May 14, 2008 - 21 answers

What are these things for?

Why do the traffic signals at a particular intersection have light-blocking louvers on them? [more inside]
posted by aerotive on Feb 21, 2007 - 10 answers

Why traffic lights don't flash in the wee hours.

Traffic lights no longer flash in the wee hours. Why? [more inside]
posted by cincidog on Sep 5, 2005 - 23 answers

How can I fix the wireless connection problems with my BEFW11S4?

Wireless Filter. I'm trying to make a Linksys BEFW11S4 v4's Internet light stop flashing so insanely. It's affecting internet speed in a big, big way. [MI] [more inside]
posted by bonaldi on Jul 14, 2004 - 17 answers

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