It looks like some local governments are setting the yellow light timing too short in order to increase the incidence of red light violations (and in turn increase the number of tickets).
A couple thoughts:
- The State of New Jersey seems to have their act together with regards to ensuring yellow light timings are based on speed and safety for motorists. Though, in my opinion, it should be the state DOT setting the guidelines, not the legislature.
- It doesn’t surprise me that Chicago has picked the lowest recommended timing
- Motorist safety is the core of the issue here. If private companies were operating these intersections and doing this the uproar would be tremendous. Not to mention they’d have their pants sued off