OBSTRUCTION TO TRAFFIC FLOW CAUSED BY TRAFFIC LIGHTS

VERKEHRSBEHLINDERUNG DURCH AMPELN

Existing control by traffic lights is criticized, and in particular those cases where vehicles must stop for a red light even though there is no traffic crossing the road in the other direction, and those cases where a pedestrian at a light-controlled crossing must wait for the green light even though the road is clear during the red phase. Arguments are presented against the "unconditional duty to obey" the red light, and the introduction of "adaptive obedience" is proposed, which would be similar to the ruling on yield signs. Another proposal is that the lights should be switched off during the times when they are unnecessary, and that the rules governing pedestrians on light-controlled crossing should be abolished. It is the author's opinion that lights should only be used on crossings which are densely trafficked or where the visibility is bad, and should be restricted to peak periods. Objections to the elimination of the "unconditional obedience" to the red light are considered to be unfounded.

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    ADAC Verlag GmbH

    ,   Germany 
  • Publication Date: 1972-7

Language

  • German

Media Info

  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: p. 175-179
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00263404
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Bundesanstalt für Straßenwesen (BASt)
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Dec 13 1974 12:00AM