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Monday, May 09, 2005

Israeli Traffic Lights

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(Hat Tip: Israelity)

When sitting at a red light it is helpful to have a moment’s warning when the light is about to turn green. The combination yellow/red serves this purpose admirably, and ensures that the first cars in line don’t waste precious seconds taking their feet off the brakes and getting their cars moving (thus causing the ‘accordion effect’ as traffic moves forward in a staggered line).

Also, having this short warning helps avoid the phenomenon of people using ESP and other less-than accurate forms of prophesy to anticipate the exact moment that the light will change to green. Just as in a drag race...everyone knows precisely when to stomp on the accelerator pedal, fair-and-square.

Why couldn't this be employed in the U.S.?

Another innovation that has taken some of the indecision out of intersections… those without traffic lights, that is...is the relatively recent introduction of the round-about...

The basic rule of the round-about is that the car in the round-about has the right of way over any car waiting to enter. This arrangement also requires a small degree of awareness that other cars exis...but the fact that one car is in motion and the other is not lends a certain, shall we say ’significance’ to the decision of whether to proceed or not.

When this blogger was fortunate enough to travel to Israel many moons ago it was apparent of the superiority of the traffic lights towards those of the homeland. Such a feature might reduce car accidents (unless they are driving with cell phones) and save the noble policeman many hours of paper work.

A round-about on the other hand would never work and would probably start a "round-about rage" and would cause more harm than good. In either case, this blogger hopefully will be living in Israel (as it is a favorite nation of mine) and learn how to drive under their "unique" traffic laws/setup. Shalom!

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