However, because the signal is close to the U.S. Highway 45 off ramp, if people aren’t paying attention, the traffic situation could become more dangerous than it already is.
Tupelo Police Lt. Tim Clouse said people need to get ready to change their driving habits at the new light at Eason Boulevard and International Drive.
“Everybody gets in a pattern and because there has never been a signal there people won’t be used to it and will drive with their same routines,” said Clouse. “This is where problems will occur. Slow down, pay attention and observe where you are. It’s no different than any other traffic light. You should always pay attention while driving whether the area is familiar of not.”
The lights are up but are still flashing and may be flashing for the next week. Clouse said in order to let motorists get used to the lights being there, they are set on flash for a couple of weeks. After that, they will be fully functional.
“After the lights are fully operational we’ll give people about a month to get use to them before we start writing everyone tickets,” said Clouse. “We understand that getting in the routine of knowing it’s there is going to take a little time, but it should not take more than a month. After that we’re going to handle enforcement there just like anywhere else in the city.”
The new signal light is expected to switch to normal function within the next two weeks.
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