Driving You Crazy

What's Driving You Crazy? - Mon. Apr. 16, 2018

LAS VEGAS - A question from a viewer whose curiosity is Driving Her Crazy:

Jacqui writes: “I’ve noticed a new style of traffic signal being installed. The light fixture has a yellow frame. I was wondering if there’s a functional purpose or if that's just the way the new equipment is delivered? Thanks!”

Jacqui, that's an excellent question. The new signals aren't everywhere, so - in case you haven't seen them - the video above includes the intersection of Oakey and Jones. The yellow frames may not jump right out at you, but they sure seem to make drivers more aware that there is, in fact, a signal they should be paying attention to. And it turns out there IS a purpose to the new signals, Jacqui, as we heard from Tony Illia at the Nevada Dept of Transportation. He writes: "It's called a retro-reflective backplate border, applied to the outer inch of the signal that increases its visibility."

Tony sent a link to a Federal Highway Administration website that talked about how a study looking into reducing crashes at intersections showed that using the yellow framing around traffic signals did reduce the number of collisions. We don't yet know the cost of installing them in the valley or if the various city governments are planning on widespread installation of these signals.

If there's something driving YOU crazy, send me an email: traffic8@lasvegasnow.com. Snail-mail works, too: 3228 Channel 8 Drive in Las Vegas, 89109

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