ATD says traffic backups in Austin caused by distracted driving
Motorists in Austin know that traffic is terrible. We all experience times when we sit in our cars waiting for a red light to turn green, only not to make it through once it does.
The Austin Transportation Department (ATD) said even though Austin restricts the use of mobile devices while driving, distracted driving is still rising. In fact, distracted driving is the main contributing factor to many delays at intersections.
ATD officials explained that often drives do not move when a light turns green because they are using a cellphone. This common occurrence causes backups because traffic signals have no way of knowing that vehicles are not moving as expected. Traffic lights are just going to assume that all vehicles moved when the light turned green. If the traffic light does not detect a vehicle, it assumes all vehicles moved from the queue and turn red.
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