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8/23/2012 9:58:00 PM
Letter: Signals can ensure smooth traffic flow


I have noticed a trend of people slowing WAY down at the traffic cameras in Prescott Valley. I wish people would learn what I have learned, and I would like to share that with everyone.

Before you enter the intersection, look to your right and if you see the white guy on the cross walk sign then you are safe to go through the light. If it's flashing red, enter with caution because the light's about to turn yellow then red, usually in a few seconds after it starts blinking.

I have found this to be very stress-free when driving through the light and keeps me from going slow. Now this does not apply at night. I hope this was helpful.

David Fairchild

Prescott Valley

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Reader Comments

Posted: Friday, August 24, 2012
Article comment by: Tired of business as usual...

David- You probably haven't noticed, but when you are actually BEHIND one of these people who slam on the brakes at the last second (you call it slowing down), it actually makes it MORE dangerous for the rest of us. You never know what the guy in front of you is going to do next. Over-react, speed up, slow down abruptly, change lanes to turn, Yeah...it's MUCH safer. Isn't driving fun?
Wake up from the dream...or at least please let someone qualified operate your car.

Posted: Friday, August 24, 2012
Article comment by: Areyou Kiddingme

How bout this...drive the speed limit and dont try to beat the yellow traffic signal. If you have time to stop on the yellow light, you should do so.

Posted: Friday, August 24, 2012
Article comment by: tired of it all

And the PV police stop you for going 3-5mph over the speed limit..double standard when the photo radar lets you drive 11mph over.

Posted: Friday, August 24, 2012
Article comment by: @ R U Serious

I agree with you. If you don't know how read a damn traffic light or walk signal, try to avoid the damn intersection or maybe you should go around the damn thing. But then again, there may not be a damn way around it unless there happens to be a damn frontage road to bypass it. If you had such a problem with this damn town, it is probably a damn good thing that you moved away. I happen to live in this damn town and like it very much!

Posted: Friday, August 24, 2012
Article comment by: d m

I brake for photo radar!

Posted: Friday, August 24, 2012
Article comment by: brian Boru

Staying out of PV works best. That town gets no fine money from me, and very, very little shopping and dining money.

Posted: Friday, August 24, 2012
Article comment by: R U Serious?

I was aware of that idea shortly after those flashers went up but then I quickly realized I could hit the car ahead of me or someone walking in the crosswalk by focusing my attention on the hand signals. If you're that damn scared or nervous to drive through those flashers than may I suggest you find an alternative route like going up by Home Depot and flipping around 'til you are past the flasher intersection. I moved out of PV years ago and haven't been back in over two years. Have no damn reason to.

Posted: Friday, August 24, 2012
Article comment by: Tongue-in-Cheek .

David, it is probably easier just to look for pedestrians in those crosswalks, if they are strolling slowly you have plenty of time with the light, but if they are running you know the red is coming so floor it. In Prescott Valley, Green means GO, Red means STOP and Yellow means go like hell cause the red is coming. As for myself, I enjoy the fixed radar on out past Mendocino on the highway where normal traffic is moving at 65 or more, then suddenly everyone drops to 55 for about 1/4 mile, then resumes to 65 again after the radar is past.. At least there is a quarter of a mile of driving sanity.

Posted: Friday, August 24, 2012
Article comment by: Kathy Bennett

What's the matter with you. Keep your eye's on the road.

Posted: Friday, August 24, 2012
Article comment by: Harvey Wallbanger

Good point David. Unfortunately, many drivers are not looking at these walk signals or even the road for that matter. Tending to look down at their iPhones for that text coming in is what causes the rear end collisions that are common place at intersections. We all end up paying the price with higher insurance rates.

Posted: Friday, August 24, 2012
Article comment by: AZ kat

That is helpful info for sure. Those Traffic lights also catch speeders and that is also why they slow way down before going thru. But Thanks for the tip. Not alot of people know that.

Posted: Friday, August 24, 2012
Article comment by: Tom Steele

Pedestrians cannot be too careful when crossing any street. Careless drivers are everywhere. As for slowing for PV's cameras, I think it shows how few people check their speed as they drive. And you get 8-10 over so just check your speed.

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