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Traffic lights are not speed control (archive)

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Posted by Long Distance on October 11, 1999 at 08:58:38:

In Reply to: You're wrong posted by MikeW on October 10, 1999 at 15:25:32:

: The natural speed of this road is about 50 mph, which is what everone goes. Every once in a while, the drop a cop on this streatch to make some money. Bet he brings in a couple grand a day.

You'll find these all over the place unfortunately. I can think of three roads like this on Long Island without even trying. . .

: If they really wanted people to slow down, they should put a light in the middle of the stretch. They don't want to slow people down though, they want to fleece them.


Stop signs and traffic lights are NOT speed control devices; They are traffic control devices. On roads similar to what you described clearly posted limit signs with highly visible enforcement is one of the most effective combinations at slowing down traffic.

"Speed traps" and handing out large numbers of tickets serve mostly to increase revenue (as you pointed out is the case here)

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