- May 6, 2005
- San Francisco Bay Area
I was at a metering light waiting to get on a freeway. It might have been 7:05 PM, so I'm not sure if the time was important. However, I saw the car in front of me going on a green, then the light turned red, and then all of a sudden all the lights went off. I wasn't quite sure what was going on, but when the drivers behind started honking I figured the metering lights just turned off. I've also been right there when at certain intersections the standard traffic lights turn into flashing lights. Sometimes this seems to be some sort of manually selected mode, but I remember in my hometown all the traffic lights in town would operate like that late night between maybe 11 PM to 6 AM. It did occur to me that it gets kind of odd around the transition, like when I was stuck and I wasn't sure if I was supposed to go or not. And when it all changes I'm thinking some drivers might not get what going on an either stay there or maybe even do something stupid like enter on a flashing red when the other direction has flashing yellow.