Traffic lights were invented to safely control the flow of traffic through a busy junction. Quite straightforward really, red means stop, green means go. But what could not have been foreseen was human nature interpreting the traffic light rules in different ways.
Such as “green means I have right of way, I’m going through, move out of my way”, “red means stop unless I am too fast to stop”, “not sure about amber, could mean stop or go, depends where its coming from, I was to fast to notice”. I would think the insurance claims department has heard it all before.
Accidents are from nil to rare on junctions that once had traffic lights and many accidents, but now have no lights and no priorites. This new breed of junction relies on the survival instinct of one driver over another. Drivers proceed more cautiously, just in case someone is travelling to fast, but that someone is travelling slow as well, in case that other some is travelling fast….I’m sure you get the idea.
The new terminology for roads without traffic lights is ‘Shared space’, which should bring out the best of human values!
Coventry shared space roads