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Friday, Nov 28, 2014
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Letter of the day: A simple way to minimize red-light accidents

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Regarding “A better way” (Your Views, March, 8): To me, the simplest approach to the yellow/red light issue and one that would require little expense is one I was introduced to several years back. Highway markings, which are fairly standard, include the use of solid and broken lines for a variety of purposes. I am only going to refer to one: the divider between lanes going in the same direction, which is a broken white line until nearing an intersection when it becomes a solid line indicating no lane change. I learned to use that change from a broken white line to a solid white line as an indicator of when I should stop or proceed through a changing traffic light. If you are traveling at the posted speed limit and already within the solid white line when the light changes to yellow, you can proceed (without accelerating) and be into the intersection prior to the light changing to red. If you are traveling at the posted speed limit and have not entered the solid line when the light changes to yellow, you must stop (not accelerate) as the light will be red before you reach the intersection. For those who say red-light cameras cause rear-end collisions, I say following too closely and breaking traffic laws cause collisions.

James D. Blair

Zephyrhills

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