Yellow Traffic Lights Could Get Longer Worldwide Thanks To One Mad Guy

October 23, 2019

This guy could soon be know as the man that changed traffic lights worldwide! His name is Mats Jarlstrom and he lives in Oregon. Back in 2013, he was irate when his wife got a ticket from a red light camera.

She got the ticket 0.12 seconds after the light switched from yellow to red and he believed she didn't have enough time to make it through the intersection. You see, Mats is originally from Sweden and he'd studied electrical engineering there. So, he went to the Oregon State Board of Examiners for Engineering and Land Surveying to argue that yellow lights should be extended.

Well, they ignored him and instead of helping him out, they actually fined him $500 for not having a professional engineering license.  So, that put a stop to his goal of changing the time of yellow lights.

Fast-forward to 2019 and a federal judge overturned that fine earlier this year, so his mission was back on.  Mats has now taken his proposal to the Institute of Transportation Engineers, which sets the official traffic light guidelines for 90 countries. He is proposing that, based on modern roads and cars, it makes sense to extend yellow lights from 3.2 seconds to 4.5 seconds.  If they accept his proposal next year, yellow lights around the world could get longer.