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Need more time? Yellow lights to get longer

Need more time? Yellow lights to get longer
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Many of Jacksonville's yellow lights will soon be extended by either 0.4 seconds or 0.2 seconds.

Need more time? Yellow lights to get longer

Florida has started resetting the length of yellow lights at intersections across the state in an effort to make roads safer.

Here in Jacksonville, the Florida Department of Transportation says intersections with red light cameras are first to be recalculated.  They plan to have those done by the end of the year.  All other intersections deemed necessary for a yellow light increase are expected to be done by June 30, 2015.

Most yellow lights that are changed will see a 0.4 second increase, while others get a 0.2 second increase.

Courtney Boyd tells our partner Action News she likes the idea.

"There's been a lot of times when I'm going and I hit a yellow light and I feel like I need to slam on my brakes really fast," she says.

State officials announced longer yellow lights could prevent that type of reaction, which could cause a rear-end crash.

But on the other side, people such as Abbey Anderson say getting comfortable with a longer yellow light could be dangerous.

"I travel a lot so going into another state that's different could be confusing," she says.

Some worry drivers will get used to it at some intersections, then they won't be ready for it at others which aren't changed.

The Florida Department of Transportation says an agency can request that the timing of yellow light at an intersection be changed, but it must perform an official study to justify the need, and the request must be approved by the FDOT.

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