countdown traffic signals

Discussion in 'UPS Discussions' started by DS, May 8, 2008.

  1. DS

    DS Fenderbender

    They have recently started to replace most old traffic signals with these new ones that count down to the amber light.
    I love them because there is no guessing as to when the light will turn from green to amber.Its great for pedestrians and bicycles and truck drivers.Now those morons in dump trucks have no excuse to blow through intersections.
    The larger intersections start at 18 and count down,the smaller ones start at 12.Apparently the cost and maintenance are very low because they use low voltage led lights...heres a link that explains it better.
  2. scratch

    scratch Least Best Moderator Staff Member

    I wish we had something like this. Where I work at, I am having problems with the new stoplights with cameras they are putting up in some intersections. They shortened the caution time before the yellow changes to red. I have had the flash go off a few times, but have not gotten a ticket so far. It used to be that I would pull out in the intersection in heavy traffic to make a left turn. I can't do that now, I would get ticketed for running a light if I am caught anywhere in the intersection.
  3. outamyway

    outamyway New Member

    They have those all over Henderson but very few in Las Vegas(at least our center's area of it) So I don't see them much anymore.

    I wouldn't be to hasty to rely on it. I have seen a few where the light does NOT change when the count down reaches zero. Same with the standard ones, the light doesn't always change when the light stops blinking.
  4. feeder53

    feeder53 ADKtrails

    Here in Upstate NY, they are installing traffic Circles, I have seen more accidents now this year than all the other years combined.....
  5. freeloader

    freeloader geek

    Look kids... Big Ben... Parliament...
  6. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    Feeder, we have a rotary in Plattsburgh--it is like watching the Keystone Kops.

    The rotary in Latham can also be interesting.
  7. HazMatMan

    HazMatMan New Member

    I read somewhere traffic circles are more safer. I go through one every day and have had many a close call because idiots try to turn off in the outer lane or seems they don't know that yield means they have to let you go before they enter the circle.
  8. dunderchief

    dunderchief New Member

    I can't get left...:happy-very:
  9. browniehound

    browniehound Well-Known Member

    I was thinking the same thing! Clark Griswald in National Lampoon's "European Vacation". "Look kids, its Big Ben again" LOL!
  10. dilligaf

    dilligaf IN VINO VERITAS

    We are getting more and more of them here. Even in our little 'burb. I have one on my rte and it is a constant frustration because alot of people don't know how to travel in them. I have had plenty a close call in them. I actually like them though. For the most part traffic flows pretty smoothly.
  11. no more than 9

    no more than 9 "Livin' the Dream"

    Here in Mass a rotary(roundabout) is a everyday fact of life. Just wish drivers would understand who has the right of way.But it doesn't matter, we should never assume the right of way.
  12. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    Rotaries tend to benefit the more aggressive driver over the more timid drivers. We just had a rotary installed and we have drivers that will sit there and sit there and...while we have drivers who think that they own the road and blow right through it. You definitely have to have your head on a swivel.

    I grew up in Rhode Island and then spent some time in Mass and was curious--I heard that they have removed the rotary just before you head out to Cape Cod. Is that true? That rotary was never boring as you really didn't know what the other guy was going to do.
  13. SmithBarney

    SmithBarney Well-Known Member

    Rotaries are great, like a chicane if you time it right... ;) Except you could lose half
    your load.

    The count down timers around here, would just turn into a drag race to make it through
    the light in time...
  14. IDoLessWorkThanMost

    IDoLessWorkThanMost New Member

    The rotaries are still there. Sagamore and Bourne.
  15. IDoLessWorkThanMost

    IDoLessWorkThanMost New Member

    Sometimes I travel around rotaries 6-7 times waiting for "traffic on the 3s" before I make my move. ;)