Cliff Dunn (3/29, Letters) and Paul Smith (4/2, Voices) think it’s a wonderful idea to have “stale” green lights flash before turning to yellow and finally to red. This idea is absurd, as it’s only doing more to help out those who flout public safety laws for their own self-interests.
Between the light changing to yellow through the “double red” (where both lanes have red lights) you have, on average, about five seconds to stop. A car traveling at 45 miles an hour — about the highest speed you’ll see in town — traverses 330 feet in this time, well within the braking distance of any car on the road. You’ve all the time you need to stop.
People are ignoring the lights or just plain not paying attention. Hang up the phone, put down the makeup or the Big Mac, look five seconds down the road, cover the brake, and stop.