The City of College Station recently released plans to install a new color to the existing stoplights in the area in order to reduce the number of red lights run.
“It is obvious that college-aged people drive differently than everyone else in the state, so we want to meet the needs of the students here,” said College Station board member Frank Sanders. “We believe that this additional light will decrease traffic accidents across the board.”
The new light design will include an orange bulb, placed in between the red and yellow lights. The expectations for the new stoplight design are as follows:
Green – Wait for others to run the red light and proceed with caution
Yellow – Speed up through intersection
Orange – Consider stopping, but determine whether waiting through another stoplight cycle is worth the risk of causing a car accident and/or gridlock
Red – Only stop once the other light turns green
The city hopes that adding this new feature will provide drivers with an extra warning to blatantly ignore. Some argue that the costs of this new addition could be used toward improving and repairing cracked roads, but the city quickly dismissed this as an option.
“The roads are fine,” said Sanders. “Sure, sometimes the potholes blow tires or scrape up cars, but we have determined that these lights are more necessary. Without this new warning, how will people know when they were supposed to stop?”
The city seems to have given up mobilizing police forces to regulate traffic, as most cops are not responsive to violations other than driving four to six miles per hour above the speed limit. They believe the new light will finally control traffic activity in College Station.
Installation will begin in December 2016, after the students have left and traffic conditions return to normal, and is expected to be completed in August of 2037, in accord with typical College Station construction schedules. The orange light will only be used from September to May each year.