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Longer Lights Leave Drivers Seeing Red

Posted June 13, 2000 7:00 a.m. EDT

— The wait for a red light to turn green really is longer than it used to be.

Twenty years ago, the average wait at a red light was 45 seconds. Today, the wait is between 90 seconds and three minutes.

More traffic is partly to blame. Larger streets with more lanes contribute to the feeling of frustration. WRAL put three traffic lights in the Triangle to the test.

The shortest wait was at the intersection of Wake Forest and Six Forks roads in Raleigh. The wait was just about 45 seconds.

The light at the intersection of Harrison and Maynard avenues clocked in a little over a minute.

Traffic stacked up at the intersections of Lake Wheeler and Tryon roads with a wait time of one and a half minutes. Some drivers say there may not be a perfect solution to the long traffic waits.

"I don't have a problem with them," says driver Adolph Warren. "There's a lot of traffic. I imagine it'd be hard to make them perfect." -->

Drivers tempted to run red lights might want to think about this statistic from theFederal Highway Administration. Each year, there are more than 1.8 million crashes at intersections, killing more than 7,800 people.

Many cities, including Fayetteville, are also using cameras at red lights to catch dangerous drivers and ticket them.