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Saturday, June 15, 2013
It’s 10 p.m. I sit at the corner of Virginia 419 and Apperson Drive waiting at a red left-turn signal, not another car in sight.
To kill time, I think back 30 years, when I lived in the Washington, D.C., suburbs. There, instead of a red light, most all left-turn signals were green for a yielded left turn. Also, after 10 p.m., traffic signals at most intersections went on a cycle of flashing yellow for the through streets and flashing red for the side streets.
Traffic signals were programmed to expedite traffic flow and adjust to changing traffic conditions. Could the Roanoke Valley adopt similar measures?
Ronald Reagan once said, “A government bureau is the nearest thing we’ll ever see to eternal life on this Earth.” Another thing seems to be a traffic light. Once installed and programmed, no matter how long it has existed or how a traffic pattern has changed, the light is there, unchanged, for eternity.
I realize the amount of time waiting needlessly at red traffic lights doesn’t amount to a lot during the course of a day, but why not make sensible traffic signal management one of life’s simple pleasures?
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