Do We Really Need Traffic Lights or Are They Actually Increasing Accidents?

The notion that lack of order on city streets would lead to a near anarchic situation has led most people to accept that the governmental serves a vital purpose by instituting traffic laws and signs.

But for a number of years, several cities in Europe have removed traffic signs.  They have no traffic lights, stop signs, or speed limit directives. Cities in the Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, Sweden, New Zealand, and the UK have all tried this out.

You might be surprised by the results.  Traffic accidents have been reduced, and reduced dramatically at that.  In one town, accidents fell from eight per year to fewer than two.

This may in part be because without worrying about all the regulations, drivers have more time to pay attention to other things around them -- such as other cars, pedestrians, and bicycles.

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