Friday March 15, 2013

I am writing in support of Florian Ptak’s March 9 op-ed article "Pittsfield’s traffic light mania." In the 1950s and ‘60s, a traffic light was one unit, usually suspended in the middle of an intersection with each of its four faces displaying either green, red or yellow. It was clear to everyone what they were required to do.

Now, with 20 or more units with the standard three colors plus various arrows, people have taken to concentrating on the signal and disregarding traffic movement. This is an invitation to disaster.

If you have a green arrow, do not attempt to turn left when cars are barreling down on you at 55 mph with no attempt to slow down or any indication that they intend to stop! Traffic signals are an aid in regulating traffic and not a directive to proceed when it is obviously dangerous to do so. Such is the result of traffic light mania.