Traffic Light Rant

Casa de Berk (as my daughter has dubbed our house on Foursquare), is situated about 3 blocks from St. Barnabas Medical Center, so we frequently drive by that facility.  SBMC is located on Old Short Hills Road; there are 2 traffic lights right in front of the hospitals’ entrances and another a couple of hundred yards up the road.

Being that these lights are very close together, you’d think that would be in sync so that traffic would flow smoothly by when they are all green but noooooo. It amazes how many times I get stuck at all 3 lights in one pass and, over the past week, this situation seems to be the norm. Just makes me crazy and I needed to get this off my chest.

The only thing that irks me more is when I get stuck at one of these light late at night when there is no one else on the road.  Makes absolutely no sense when there is so little traffic and even less cars turn on to Old Short Hills where one of the 3 lights is situated. Why not just make them flashing lights during the overnight period? Ooh, ooh…I know why…because that would make common sense.

As we all know, common sense is in short supply these days, so I guess syncing traffic lights is not a high priority but it would be a good place to start (instead of all those stops).


About IraSez

I am the owner of Monarch Communications, a graphic design/advertising/website design firm in Millburn, NJ. You can take a look at some of our work at I started IraSez at the urging of my wife, a couple of friends and several facebook friends who actually encouraged me to write a book. They think I'm funny but some of my latest blogs have covered some rather somber topics. In my spare time, I run the local SU alumni club. I'm in the 9th year of a 3 year term or as us SU grads called "fuzzy math." I'm SU '82, wife is SU '83, daughter is SU '11, son is SU '14, even my nephew goes to SU. So yes, we bleed Orange. I like to play golf, watch the same movies over and over, and take long walks with my dog on the trails in South Mountain Reservation behind Old Short Hills. If you see a guy wearing something with an SU logo chasing after a dog named Cosmo, that's me!
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