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Traffic lights across the Causeway

By CheeJun on 29 Oct 2010

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The wait at a red light is always irritating. It demoralises you as you see the cars from the other sides of the junction move ahead while you're stuck at your line, waiting for the walking green man to flicker while you slowly inch your car forward in livid anticipation for the lights to turn green. Its horrible!

The second worst part is when the lights are green, you are tearing down the road at some kilometers per hour and the lights change to amber and to red which make you screech to a halt all but to let no one pass because the pedestrians had already jaywalked but pressed the button at the traffic light much much earlier while you were still miles away from the lights. Malaysia has the solution and it has been around for quite a long time, so why isn't it implemented here?

As you can see from the photo[maikschroeer.de], there's a countdown as to how long you're gonna be stuck at the red light, or how long you have left to speed past the junction when the lights are green. And this is a wonderful system because you won't have the problem of deciding whether you should speed up or slow down when you're quite a distance away from the traffic lights and its still green. I'm sure many motorists face that problem everyday and I think this is a solution to that problem. Not only does it make your life simpler, I think it may make the roads safer as well because as the countdown closes in on 0, fewer drivers will take the risk of trying to jump the lights, and as a result, there may be fewer accidents on the roads. If we can have timers for pedestrian crossings, why not for the cars as well?

Hopefully this can be done on Singaporean roads one day because I think its brilliant, well done Malaysia..

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Written by Cheejun
Hi everyone, I’m Chee Jun and cars have always been a passion for me since young and writing about them is one way to express myself in the motoring world.

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Heartbreakid Oct 29 2010 03:38 PM
Yes, I noticed that too in Malaysia. Ease the mood really. Makes hell lots of difference. It is really good, wonder why SG don't adopt this.
Huat138 Oct 29 2010 04:37 PM
It was trialed in Singapore previously, and was not adopted for various reasons.

Anakin Oct 29 2010 04:57 PM
Myanmar (Yangon) have this also.
Wishcumstrue Oct 29 2010 05:18 PM
That I have to agree. Malaysia's traffic authority is one-up against LTA in this case.

Well done!
Rigval Oct 29 2010 06:55 PM
I do wonder what the 'various reasons' were.....
Noak Oct 29 2010 10:19 PM
It's also available in China, even in smaller towns, with animated walking green man and in Taipei too. I too believe it's a good system to have.
Ivtecody Oct 30 2010 04:43 PM
I remembered LTA did a trial before at near junction of Beach Road from ECP area and it was noted that motorists tend to beat the red lights more often when fitted with the count-down timer. Therefore, the plan to include the timer on traffic lights were shelved.

Passion Oct 31 2010 04:22 PM
In local,people beat traffic light because the standard of living is too high.Everything is so expensive,if say 1 hr worth 100 dollars,will you chiong?To hit a on-coming car is 50/50,hit a pesdestrain also 50/50.Everyone on this island is rushing to earn their living.
Wavedancer Nov 01 2010 02:35 PM
In Kuala Lumpur and previously in Malacca, there have pedestrain crossing lights. At first the green man flashes at normal pace, giving the appearance of a man walking across but later the flashing speed up, and the green man appeared to be running across the road. Sort of telling you to hurry up. As mentioned earlier, sure ease the mood rather then the countdown timer in Singapore.
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