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Yellow Lights Are Being Lengthened to Reduce Crashes

Author: Hanson & Hanson/Thursday, March 27, 2014/Categories: Auto Accidents

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According to an article in the Orlando Sentinel published on March 25, 2014, the city of Apopka, Florida will be lengthening the yellow lights at red-light camera intersections. This is being done to prevent car accidents and reduce ticket revenue.

Although the city already has yellow lights that run longer than official Florida state rules, city officials have agreed to the extra second at photo-enforced intersections to calm down critics of Apopka’s red-light revenue program.

Co-founder of Ban the Cams, Henry Bentley, reaffirmed that the extra second will definitely reduce automobile crashes and will decrease traffic tickets as well. Bentley also asked Mayor John Land and City Commissioner Joe Kilsheimer to sign his pledge to ban red-light cameras if elected but both declined.

Several other American towns have added an extra second to the yellow light duration with excellent results according to a professor at the Center for Urban Transportation Research at the University of South Florida. The longer yellow lights help drivers react better to changes.

The former Apopka Police Chief, Charles Vavrek, doesn’t think the extra second will lead to safer Florida roads. “I don’t think we’re going to see any drastic change”, according to Charles. He also manages Apopka Stops On Red, the city’s camera-enforcement program. “We know it's doing what it's supposed to do," Vavrek said of Apopka's red-light camera program. "It's always been about changing driving habits, getting people to stop, and making our roads safer..."

Apopka Commissioner Bill Arrowsmith asked the city to consider a temporary suspension of its camera program and to re-evaluate issuing fines to car drivers who make right turns on red without coming to a complete stop.

If you or a loved one has been involved in a car accident, contact the experience automobile accident attorneys at Hanson and Hanson, P.A. via phone at (407) 872-1212. We specialize in Orlando area auto accident injuries and we are proud to offer Florida residents a free case review. We look forward to hearing from you.

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