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Old 09-28-2016, 03:37 PM
 
Location: East Side of ATL
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Well the lights aren't designed to keep people awake. That is something a driver needs to take care of on their own. If they are having a tough time, they shouldn't be driving lights or no light.

We can't put lights on all our rural freeways and most places don't. That is hardly unique to us. I use to drive at night quite a bit and had no trouble letting my eyes adjust, so long as nothing else was around to distract that (ie. light pollution from a random freeway exit town).

I use to drive back and forth between Athens and Gwinnett when I was student for work. It wasn't that hard and I preferred the darkness, but the problem is always when you get into the denser areas with light pollution. Your iris will need to close the brighter the surroundings get. The biggest problem I had was the traffic lights on 316 when they were switched to LED were actually too bright at night. It really caused a problem seeing the roadway on the other side of the intersection.
That might be true but completely dark area doesn't help the situation either. Either way, I shouldn't have to squint to see the road in suburban areas. I took 316 a couple weeks back from Lawrenceville and you could barely see the lanes because it is so dark. Gwinnett Sheriff enjoys the darkness so they can run radar at the end of the highway though .

The whole area doesn't need lights but the ramps in rural area definitely need lights. That's one thing that I enjoyed in Nashville a few weeks back. Lighting through the city until about 15-20 miles out of the city limits and only the ramps are illuminated.
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Old 09-28-2016, 04:14 PM
 
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The video says the opposite of your post. They fixed it but the idiots steal the non copper wiring as well. The city can't win on that note.

Maybe if GDOT updated their cameras to HD and actual record the feeds, they could catch some suspects.
Can we get some more secure covers on these fixtures and put some more police on the problem?

I know this is a problem in many cities but it would sure be nice for us to take the lead in addressing it. The absence of adequate lighting can literally mean life or death.
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Old 09-28-2016, 04:36 PM
 
Location: East Side of ATL
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Can we get some more secure covers on these fixtures and put some more police on the problem?

I know this is a problem in many cities but it would sure be nice for us to take the lead in addressing it. The absence of adequate lighting can literally mean life or death.
I was reading an article about Hawaii which has the same problem. They started sealing the chambers but the crooks still got around them.

GDOT needs to update their cameras to HD and possibly install tag readers near the light poles to catch the crooks. The other issue is that the GDOT camera videos are not saved so they can't even back track and try to find a suspect vehicle at all.
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Old 09-29-2016, 07:02 AM
 
Location: Kirkwood
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Our major interchanges should at the very least have lighting, but look at the Cobb Cloverleaf, complete darkness.
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