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One Angry Swedish Dude May Change Length Of Yellow Traffic Lights In 90 Countries

That'll teach you for giving his wife a red-light ticket

October 23, 2019

There's a guy named Mats Jarlstrom in Beaverton, Oregon (Home of NIKE, just in case).  And back in 2013, he was furious when his wife got a ticket from a red light camera.

She got the ticket 0.12 seconds after the light switched from yellow to red, and he believed she didn't have enough time to make it through the intersection.

Mats is originally from Sweden, and he'd studied electrical engineering there, so he went to the Oregon State Board of Examiners for Engineering and Land Surveying to argue that yellow lights should be extended.

They ignored him, and fined him $500 for not having a professional engineering license.  That put a stop to his quest.

Well, 6 years later, a federal judge overturned that fine earlier this year, so the mission was back on.  And now Mats has taken his proposal to the Institute of Transportation Engineers, which sets the official traffic light guidelines for 90 countries.

He is proposing that, based on modern roads and cars, it makes sense to extend yellow lights from 3.2 seconds to 4.5 seconds.  And if they accept his proposal next year, yellow lights around the world could get longer. 

If you ask me, we need to investigate the length of red lights in Orlando. I propose that the red lights are too long, which a) causes people to try and run them so they don't have to wait, and end up getting ticketed by the cameras, and 2) makes them zone out and stare at their phone during the especially long lights so that when it finally does turn green, THEY JUST SIT THERE BECAUSE THEY'RE NOT PAYING ATTENTION NOT THAT IT INFURIATES THE HELL OUT OF ME OR ANYTHING.