Pet peeve of the week – waiting for no one at the light

Why the heck do traffic signals change when there’s absolutely no one at the intersection? Seems like a huge waste of fuel for vehicles to have to stop at an intersection when there is no cross traffic whatsoever.

I realize now and again, a driver may pass over sensor in the pavement and trip the signal when turning now and then, but that cannot possibly account for all the times when I have had to stop and wait for absolutely nothing to cross the intersection.

Roundabouts have a definite advantage over signalized intersections in these situations. Perhaps to avoid unnecessary traffic delays and fuel inefficiency, traffic engineers should consider placing infrared sensors into the traffic signal and not have the sensors in the pavement. Just  wondering.  Thoughts, anyone?

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