Trusting the motorist?

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The new system will allow the traffic lights at junctions to be switched to flashing amber at quiet times (i.e: in the middle of the night).  Motorists will then be expected to approach and cross with caution, rather than waiting for the lights to change.  Similar systems operate in Spain and France but motoring organisation the The AA has cast doubt on whether it would work safely in the UK.
 
I have concerns that this new system would cause more accidents and may lead to more cases being settled on a 50:50 basis leaving innocent drivers out of pocket and blamed for accidents which aren't their fault.  There are already problems when one party jumps a red light and blames the other.  Usually this can be rectified with obtaining details of the traffic light sequence.  However if the lights are flashing amber, who will have priority if two cars reach the junction at the same time!
 
I also have concerns about pedestrians and cyclists.  How would this system ensure their saftety.  I know that they are planning to adopt the system at quiet times, but many people work shifts  and due to the rise in fuel costs there has been an increase in the  numbers of workers cycling to and from work.  If this system is implemented I can see it causing no end of problems.  Extra money would need to be spent in order to put up road signs so that visitors to the area are aware as well as the locals.  Money would be needed to change the software in the traffic lights.  At a time of budget cuts, is it sensible to implement these changes now? 
 
Kaye Mansbridge
is a Legal Executive in the Personal Injury team

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