When residents of Covington, Kentucky, woke up early in the morning on May 7, they were shocked to find a traffic signal at 5:30 a.m. bright red — even though nobody was there.
According to WKYT, the 1-2-4 green, yellow and red yellow traffic signals at the intersection are in operation 24/7, even when no one is walking, biking or driving through the area.
Mayor Tom O’Connor said that he was first made aware of the traffic lights’ “special status” earlier this year, but has been unable to find out who gave the signal the green light to be in use when it is not in use.
“I know the one that we read about is not one of ours,” said O’Connor. “I think the light needs to have an employee with it.”
“This is an example of why this job should never be done by a retired person. It’s for no good reason. It needs to be red,” said William F. Hogue, Covington’s police chief.
Families who live in the neighborhood, including Matt Mitchell, 27, said that the lights create an unsafe walking and cycling environment. Mitchell told WKYT: “If you’re walking down the streets and you happen to walk down on the other side of the intersection there, if the light turns red, you’re done. You’re going to get hit right then and there.”
Another neighbor, who does not wish to be identified, told WKYT: “Every day there’s cars going 100 mph. I’ve actually had four accidents here in the last two years.”
Read the full story at WKYT.
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