traffic signal


Definition of traffic signal

: a signal (such as a traffic light) for controlling traffic

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Kyndle Johnson told news outlets the officer had a green traffic signal and his lights and siren were activated at the time of the crash. Baltimore Sun,, "Officer, child among 5 injured in Maryland police crash," 8 July 2019 Gasca-Miranda was cited for leaving the scene of an accident, disobeying a traffic signal and operating an uninsured motor vehicle. Brian Cox,, "Police blotter: Northfield man reports $600 in unauthorized withdrawals," 18 May 2018 Additional traffic signals have been added, but highway department officials say the light cycles are quicker. Bob Warren,, "U.S. 190 ‘super street’ project on North Shore nears completion," 19 June 2019 Among the improvements will be new and upgraded traffic signals; roadway rehabilitation; and new sidewalks, curb ramps, crosswalks, bike lanes, landscaping, and lighting. John Laidler,, "State to fund costs of designing upgrade at Kelley’s Corner," 18 June 2019 Crews are upgrading each intersection — most notably at Madison Street, Sunset Drive, Highway 59 and Highway X, all of which will have new traffic signals — along the bypass way. Jim Riccioli, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The $50 million West Waukesha Bypass project will (finally) be complete this fall, DOT says," 4 June 2019 As of late Monday morning, almost 500 traffic signals were inoperable across Dallas, and about 170 were flashing red lights, according to the city. Clarice Silber,, "Dallas crane collapse victim identified as 29-year-old woman," 10 June 2019 As of late Monday morning, almost 500 traffic signals were inoperable across Dallas, and about 170 were flashing red lights, according to the city. Fox News, "Dallas crane collapse victim identified as 29-year-old woman," 9 June 2019 Almost 200 traffic signals stopped working, but the city’s transportation and capital improvements crews had repaired most of them by Friday morning. Fares Sabawi,, "‘Fierce and quick’ storm uproots trees, downs power lines," 7 June 2019

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First Known Use of traffic signal

1917, in the meaning defined above

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