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Eastbound Dundee Rd at Prairie School Entrance: Dangerous Traffic Light Malfunction, Barrington

Mon January 04 2010 6:27 pm  https://www.arlingtoncardinal.com/?p=18629
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Looking eastbound Dundee Road at the Prairie Middle School entrance in Barrington, IL with overhead lights showing green, and the shoulder traffic light showing red.

Dangerous roadway situation at Dundee Road and the entrance to Prairie Middle School in Barrington, Illinois Monday morning: The eastbound traffic lights on Dundee Road simultaneously showed a red light and green light and green arrow. the highway speed in the area is 45 mph.

The situation was reported via 9-1-1, and the situation was reported to the Prairie Middle School front office via their main telephone number. The 9-1-1 operator replied that IDOT would be notified.

What’s So Dangerous About this Condition?
Here are at least two scenarios that could be caused by the malfunctioning traffic lights.

(1) Eastbound driver’s eyes are fixed on the overhead traffic lights showing green, but then glances to the shoulder traffic light showing red. The driver reacts by slamming on the vehicle brakes to avoid going through a red light, and slides or skids into cars in the left lane, or the driver is rear-ended by a vehicle whose driver is obeying the overhead lights showing green.

(2) A pedestrian on the south shoulder of Dundee Road fixes their eyes on the traffic light at the shoulder showing a red light for eastbound traffic. The pedestrian crosses Dundee Road to go to the north side of the street and is struck by an eastbound car with the driver obeying the overhead lights showing green.

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