Traffic Signals Are Turning Yellow – Really Yellow
Written by 991KBU on July 2, 2020
Caltrans crews are changing the colors of traffic light heads in the local area.
The backgrounds … the metal plates that surround the traffic lights … are being changed from dull metal colors … to bright reflective yellow.
This is so drivers can see the lights when they black out.
With Southern California Edison now promising to black out the power during heavy winds … drivers are going to confront blacked out signals.
That means they are required to stop.
But if a driver can’t see the dull metal traffic light backgrounds … the driver can’t infer that they need to stop.
That has resulted in cars whizzing thru blacked out signals … on PCH in Malibu.
Caltrans is spending $2.2-million project to put in the bright yellow reflective backdrops on signals in western L-A County … and Ventura County.
We’ve noticed a bunch of them going in … over the hill.
Malibu city hall has purchased generators to hook up to traffic lights … and Caltrans is still installing the hookups for the generators.
The city is also hiring California Highway Patrol officers to direct traffic at blacked-out signals.
This … after the local sheriff’s office changed its policy and began refusing to have its deputies direct traffic … at blacked-out intersections.