World Traffic Lights Day

World Traffic Lights Day

Every year on August 5th, International Traffic Light Day highlights the importance of the traffic light. It’s also a day that commemorates the installation of the first traffic signal system. The world’s first electric traffic signal was installed on August 5th, 1914 in Cleveland, Ohio. The traffic signal was placed on the corner of Euclid Avenue and East 105th Street. We see traffic lights in every city, these days, and they are clearly a very critical part of the traffic system. The point of having traffic lights is that the drivers must understand which way traffic is going and most importantly so that the traffic from various directions do not end up crashing into each other. They serve several safety purposes like directing vehicle traffic, and they help guide pedestrian traffic. Their main purpose is to assist with safe traffic movement. By 1930, all major American cities and many small towns had at least one electric traffic signal, and the innovation was spreading around the world. The simple device tamed the streets, and the motor vehicle fatality rates fell by more than 50 percent between 1914 and 1930. In the 1960s, with the invention of computers, traffic lights started to become computerized. Over time, computers improved, and the traffic lights subsequently improved, and they could now monitor traffic and change lights accordingly.