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WSJ column: demand longer yellow lights

GasBuddy Blog -- A recent WSJ column highlights what many Americans have perhaps long been suspicious of- are red light cameras seeking to keep the public safe, or harbor a profit for government coffers?

A recent Chicago Tribune poll shows a wide array of motorists are suspicious of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's motives: "Senior citizens and women voters were evenly split on whether they favored or opposed cameras, but they showed broad consensus that they believed Emanuel sought cameras to raise revenue, not save lives."

In some areas of the country, speed limits have also remained unjustifiably slow after millions of dollars are spent reconstructing roads to accommodate higher speeds- and somehow speed limits remain below their optimum...


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Submitted Mar 08, 2013 By: PD
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WanderDan
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Message Posted: Apr 14, 2013 10:44:05 PM

yellow means prepare to stop not speed up.. even tho we all do it
Boyrr
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Message Posted: Apr 14, 2013 10:51:57 AM

as always, greed done in the name of "safety"
Donatelo
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Message Posted: Apr 14, 2013 9:11:08 AM

not a real good idea, a case by case would be better.
priver
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Message Posted: Apr 14, 2013 3:49:46 AM

good.
BDNNOD
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Message Posted: Mar 19, 2013 6:47:24 PM

MAYBE OUGHT TO JUST 'SLOW'DOWN ABIT ... AND RELAX. EVERYTHING ELSE IN LIFE IS JUST WHIZZIN'BY.
WanderDan
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Message Posted: Mar 19, 2013 6:16:13 PM

yellow means prepare to stop not hurry through as fast as you can....
endymion
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Message Posted: Mar 18, 2013 11:37:03 PM

Safety only!
endymion
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Message Posted: Mar 18, 2013 11:36:29 PM

Safety only!!
Moparmizer
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Message Posted: Mar 17, 2013 8:28:52 PM

longer yellows or more over lap of the reds?
Boyrr
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Message Posted: Mar 17, 2013 12:05:30 PM

just another case of Greed
97psd73
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Message Posted: Mar 17, 2013 1:43:22 AM

Longer yellows? Im all for it if it would cause less accidents and and red light runnets.
honda0105
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Message Posted: Mar 15, 2013 5:48:08 AM

booner: not necessarily. People often try to squeeze through the intersection in the very last fraction of a second.
WanderDan
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Message Posted: Mar 14, 2013 11:40:29 PM

most barely pay attention to lights anymore
booner2013
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Message Posted: Mar 14, 2013 7:18:57 PM

Longer yellow lights would yield fewer collisions, but less profit for the government.
honda0105
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Message Posted: Mar 14, 2013 5:55:47 AM

would be good to have two or three extra seconds, but also another 3 or so before the other side turns green.
txrojo2005
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Message Posted: Mar 13, 2013 8:45:27 AM

A few more seconds would not hurt.
honda0105
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Message Posted: Mar 13, 2013 5:52:02 AM

jethro: it's another one of PD's blog entry. If you haven't noticed, PD is one of the GB gods...
jethro5000
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Message Posted: Mar 12, 2013 6:45:34 AM

Old news
honda0105
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Message Posted: Mar 12, 2013 5:57:10 AM

laReyna: that would probably be a good thing here too. Like the blinking pedestrian lights.
vulcan96
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Message Posted: Mar 12, 2013 1:39:15 AM

about time
WanderDan
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Message Posted: Mar 11, 2013 11:34:07 PM

because yellow now means hurry up instead of get ready to stop
Ray_10589
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Message Posted: Mar 11, 2013 7:43:58 PM

Repeat!
Donatelo
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Message Posted: Mar 11, 2013 1:03:03 PM

might be good
BigOyl
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Message Posted: Mar 11, 2013 12:46:31 PM

Old, but appreciated nonetheless...
La_Reyna_Flor
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Message Posted: Mar 11, 2013 11:51:16 AM

I like Mexico's traffic light system....when the green light is about to change it begins to blink. It's decreased their accidents at traffic lights. Wouldn't be a bad idea to do a trial run in the states....at least that is my opinion.
BudsterMO
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Message Posted: Mar 11, 2013 10:33:56 AM

Come on GasBuddy this is a huge web site and you can afford to HIRE SOMEONE to post articles over the weekend instead of repeating them for three (3) days.
ZeroBoxes
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Message Posted: Mar 11, 2013 10:25:39 AM

Hmm, with longer yellow lights - perhaps MORE people will try to outrun the red light and GO-FASTER.

Have you considered if you obey the law and still get T-boned or front-ended at an intersection, and DIE you lose AND if you are the scofflaw speeding thru a yellow light and you hit a car and you die -- guess who wins the money lottery? The WH and the social security office....your behavior (death) now costs less than if you had outlived your SS account earnings for life.
Saying that, I don’t want you to DIE to attempt to get to WORK faster (never get a speeding ticket on the way to work-how embarrassing !)
I want you to stick it “to the man” and live a long and prosperous life drawing more SS$$ out than you paid in…(it is a 50/50 chance you will; and remember motorcycles are invisible to most car drivers when the motorcyclist is making a left turn…the car driver always says “I didn’t see him.” Be safe out there and slow down—don’t DIE because of your behavior…get at least what you paid into SS out; live long and prosper.
Chadgas
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Message Posted: Mar 11, 2013 10:15:14 AM

Old but thanks.
n0vyy
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Message Posted: Mar 11, 2013 10:10:19 AM

Yes make them longer. Some cities actually shortened the yellow time when they installed the red light cameras to increase the take.
jrfan6767
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Message Posted: Mar 11, 2013 10:05:22 AM

the way i see it is ram4sam if you don tlik eit then run for office and make changes otherwise be quiet
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Message Posted: Mar 11, 2013 10:05:15 AM

Anything new to post?
Oldzin
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Message Posted: Mar 11, 2013 10:05:00 AM

Really old.
MaxGasUp
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Message Posted: Mar 11, 2013 10:04:30 AM

Old.
geezrtek
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Message Posted: Mar 11, 2013 10:04:20 AM

Wow - old old old
sleuth696
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Message Posted: Mar 11, 2013 10:04:19 AM

Red light cameras...another failed program.
w4kh
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Message Posted: Mar 11, 2013 10:04:16 AM

Four days to whine about getting caught running red lights? Come on.. it is dangerous - yellow means prepare to stop, not accelerate through the intersection... just stop like you are supposed to and the problem goes away.
AC-302
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Message Posted: Mar 11, 2013 10:01:28 AM

Also a re-run news item..
Ram4Sam
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Message Posted: Mar 11, 2013 9:59:56 AM

Wow, just like obozobama, another politician from Chicago that people don't trust.....what a surprise.
albert2008
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Message Posted: Mar 11, 2013 9:59:53 AM

not nice
Insuremn
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Message Posted: Mar 11, 2013 9:58:23 AM

Three days for this one.
Hop1LA
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Message Posted: Mar 11, 2013 9:58:17 AM

Old blog post
cableman31
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Message Posted: Mar 11, 2013 9:58:16 AM

Never happen. To much of a moneymaker.
studebaker1940
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Message Posted: Mar 11, 2013 9:57:55 AM

If it doesn't get the city more red light camera money it won't happen
FlyNFool
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Message Posted: Mar 11, 2013 9:57:43 AM

old news
Machewlee
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Message Posted: Mar 11, 2013 9:56:43 AM

Learn how to drive.
Bigtex09
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Message Posted: Mar 11, 2013 9:56:25 AM

again, very old news
wmderrick
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Message Posted: Mar 11, 2013 9:55:48 AM

Let them get what they voted for just like we are getting what we voted for.
Cableman66
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Message Posted: Mar 11, 2013 9:54:18 AM

Old news.
MustangRacing
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Message Posted: Mar 11, 2013 9:54:02 AM

Enough with Chicago already. You voted the rat in, now live with him.
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Message Posted: Mar 11, 2013 9:52:59 AM

Repeat as well
#12#_vabchusa
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You mean there is no 5 car rule?
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