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International Traffic Light Day

Wong Shu Lee  

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  August 04, 2022

Every year on August 5th, International Traffic Light Day highlights the importance of the traffic light. It’s also a day that commemorates the installation of the first traffic signal system. 

 

The American Traffic Signal Company installed a traffic signal system on 5 August 1914. It was mounted on the corner of East 105th Street and Euclid Avenue in Cleveland, Ohio.

 

Did you grow up in a small town or rural area? If so, you may not have grown up with traffic lights. Installing a traffic light usually means an increase in population. Without these important lights, it simply would not be safe to drive. Not having traffic lights would also greatly reduce the flow and speed of traffic. 

 

However, traffic lights do more than just improve traffic flow. Have you ever wondered why traffic lights are so vital to our modern population? 

 

The quality of our air on this planet is improved thanks to traffic lights, as there is a reduction in car emissions when a vehicle travels at a steady pace. More air pollution is emitted when a vehicle is braking, stopping, or accelerating. 

 

These devices also play a role in road safety. While accidents still occur at intersections, these crashes may be been prevented by the drivers yielding to the traffic lights. Many lives have probably been saved by traffic lights being installed. 

 

Besides, traffic lights also help ensure that pedestrians and bicyclists get their fair share of the road. It may be potentially life-threatening to cross a busy street. Having crosswalks could help dramatically lower the risk.

 

Respecting traffic lights, stop signs, and other equipment could help lessen your chances of receiving a summon ticket or getting into an accident. 

 

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