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File #: 18-0080R    Version: 0 Name: Traffic Light Synchronization
Type: City Council Resolution Status: Adopted
File created: 4/23/2018 In control: Judiciary and Legislative Investigations
On agenda: Final action: 6/25/2018
Enactment #:
Title: Traffic Light Synchronization For the purpose of calling on the Department of Transportation to ensure that traffic lights city-wide are properly synchronized prior to the start of Baltimore’s “Don’t Block the Box” program.
Sponsors: President Young, Bill Henry, Kristerfer Burnett, Brandon M. Scott, Isaac "Yitzy" Schleifer, Leon F. Pinkett, III, Eric T. Costello, John T. Bullock, Edward Reisinger, Zeke Cohen, Sharon Green Middleton, Mary Pat Clarke, Robert Stokes, Sr., Shannon Sneed
Indexes: Lights, Synchronization , Traffic
Attachments: 1. cb18-0080R~1st, 2. 18-0080R~2nd Reader, 3. Completed File_18-0080R
* Warning: This is an unofficial, introductory copy of the bill.
The official copy considered by the City Council is the first reader copy.
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City of Baltimore
Council Bill R
(Resolution)

Introduced by: President Young


A Resolution Entitled

A Council Resolution concerning
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Traffic Light Synchronization
For the purpose of calling on the Department of Transportation to ensure that traffic lights city-wide are properly synchronized prior to the start of Baltimore’s “Don’t Block the Box” program.
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On April 18th the Department of Transportation announced plans to begin stepped up enforcement of State law prohibiting motorists from stopping within an intersection. According to the announcement, this new “Don’t Block the Box” program will begin issuing warnings on May 1st and will issue citations with $90 fines and a license point starting a month later on June 1st.

Gridlock and excessive delays in traffic are genuine problems in Baltimore, but they are problems with more than one cause. Drivers who would be subject to this new enforcement could be one of those causes, but they could also be victims of other problems who unwittingly become stuck in an intersection.

Focusing on only one cause of Baltimore’s traffic woes is unlikely to be effective on its own, and could have unintended consequences. Ensuring that traffic lights city-wide are properly synchronized ahead of the Baltimore City Department of Transportation’s “Don’t Block the Box” program will assist motorists in adjusting to the Administration’s new traffic initiative, making it more likely to succeed in its goal of improving traffic flows ...

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