Yellow lights last longer in Evanston

Drivers in Evanston have significantly more time to get through a yellow light than is available just to the south in Chicago.

The Chicago Tribune today published a lengthy article suggesting that Chicago's use of three-second yellow lights on 30-mile-an-hour streets -- coupled with its use of red light cameras to issue tickets to violators -- constitutes a dangerous combination for drivers.

In Evanston, where there aren't any red-light cameras, city officials say traffic signals offer between four and 4.5 seconds of yellow time. And many signals also have an "all red" phase that adds an extra one to two seconds of cushion before the light turns green for opposing traffic.

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Common sense prevails

From its inception, I always saw the "Red Light Camera" idea as a money-making scheme.  Dotting the city with red light cameras like lights on a Christmas tree, sometimes in the most ridiculous areas, seemed beyond excessive.  As the Tribune article pointed out, there are some intersections where going the speed limit & slowing to a stop before the light turns red simply isn't possible without risking a rear end collision.  Then there was the businees about shortened 3 second yellow lights (without monetary compensation for those affected) & the fact that Chicago has the shortest yellow lights of all the cities in the US. 

I'm grateful that Evanston has not followed suit thus putting its citizens needlessly in harm's way.  We should continue to think twice before implementing Chicago's egregious, monetizing schemes.

In this case, we've opted for common sense.  Bravo for Evanston!