12 April 2006
During a cab ride across town the other day, my cab driver told me the city had dimmed the traffic lights the night before. He said the stop signals weren't their usual red -- they were orange.
Weird. I'd never heard of that. I asked him why on earth the city would do such a thing.
"Well," he said, "I think they're trying to make up for the fact that they don't have enough police out on the streets."
Oh, wait: does it cause people to pay a little closer attention while driving or something like that? Sure, the idea seemed far-fetched, but it's all that came to mind at the time.
"No, no" my driver explained," actually, it makes people sleepy."
That's when I realized I was engaged in one incredibly interesting conversation.
He reiterated: "Yep, they don't have enough cops out here, so they dim the lights to make us tired, keep us in line."
And yes, at this point, maybe part of me thought I should say something along the lines of "Oh, you know what? Actually, I want to get out here. Yeah, right here. Here's my stop! Thanks!"
But I didn't.
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