Driving is a privilege that most adults today have. However, driving
can also be very dangerous and in some cases, deadly. In busy areas such
as urban cities or suburban neighborhoods, traffic
lights have been implemented to encourage drivers to pay attention
and be courteous to
allow other people through intersections.
The basic premise of traffic
lights is fairly simple: green means go ahead, yellow means please
slow down and red means stop. For those who choose to disobey the red
lights, serious punishment may incur. In recent years, some cities have
decided to implement “red light cams”, which are small
cameras attached to the traffic
lights at busy intersections.
For those who choose to run the light, the camera snaps a picture of
their license plate, and a hefty ticket is sent to the owner of the vehicle
through the mail, often along with
the photo of them running the light.
Of course, traffic lights also come in other varieties besides the traditional
stop light. For example, large flashing arrow
signs are placed on streets and highways where
there is construction to alert motorists to migrate or merge into one
lane. These lights are vital to ensuring that people know to move over
a lane or two to prevent last minute changeovers, which can result in accidents.
Other forms of traffic lights include flashing yellow
lights often placed on signs, indicating things such as a sharp turn
is ahead, or to watch for trucks entering the highway. All of these lights
are important to the functionality and safety of our highways and inner
city streets. As traffic
patterns change, the lights used can be very integral in making sure
that accidents are minimized
and that drivers are aware of any changes that are being made or have
been made recently.