Title

FLASHING AMBER LIGHTS INCREASE CHILDREN'S SAFETY

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

1999

Subject Area

operations - traffic, infrastructure - stop, infrastructure - traffic signals, planning - safety/accidents, mode - bus, mode - school bus

Keywords

Yellow, Warning devices, Stops, Stopping, Signals, School children, School buses, Safety measures, Safety, Public safety, Prince Edward Island, Flashing traffic signals, Canada, Amber

Abstract

A $150,000 investment in new amber-lights technology for Prince Edward Island, Canada, school buses is designed to increase the safety for all children and create new expectations for all drivers to pay special attention to flashing yellow lights. The flashing amber lights were installed in all buses over the summer of 1999. With the new system, the traditional red lights will continue to flash when the school bus stops to either pick up or drop off children. In addition, the new amber light will now flash for a period of time before the red lights flash, to alert drivers that the bus is preparing to stop. When the red lights begin to flash, traffic in either direction must stop.