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House committee supports use of warning signals at deadly intersections

Published: Tuesday, Feb. 5 2013 7:15 p.m. MST

SALT LAKE CITY — A House committee Tuesday unanimously supported a resolution urging state transportation officials to install advance signal warnings at intersections where yellow-light accidents are frequent.

An advance signal warning device has been successfully installed at traffic lights in various intersections throughout the state, warning drivers when a yellow light is about to turn red, said Rep. Jack Draxler, R-North Logan, sponsor of HCR1.

“We looked at a variety of things from traffic cameras to public safety,” Draxler said, “but the feature that seemed most effective is the early signal behind the light that flashes when the light is about to turn red.”

The resolution is intended to raise public awareness and serve as intent language for the Legislature and the Utah Department of Transportation to prioritize early warning signals.

UDOT Deputy Director Carlos Braceras said the department supports the resolution.

“There were 218 lives lost on Utah's roadways last year,” Braceras said. “Our goal is zero, and we're not going to stop when we get there.

“We think this is a great tool in our arsenal,” he said. “Cities and counties perhaps can take advantage of this too.”

Mary Mellor

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