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Tyler traffic lights don't meet standards says woman

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TYLER, TX (KLTV) - An East Texas woman is taking on the City of Tyler. She claims she was ticketed when driving through an intersection and the traffic light turned from yellow to red. Now, she is fighting back.

"I'm at Broadway and Loop 323, east by southeast," said Sandy Moore, holding up her video camera.

It is the exact location where Moore was pulled over after making a U-turn.

"He said, 'We are spending our time ticketing and catching red light offenders,'" said Moore. "I said, 'Sir, it was green when I entered, it turned yellow and after that I didn't see any red.'"

Moore claims she entered the intersection before the light was red, which is legal according to Texas traffic laws.

"Bottom line: if you're vehicle is traveling and you have entered into the intersection and the front of your vehicle has crossed that line prior to the light turning red then you may leave that intersection legally even if it is yellow or goes to red," explained Officer Don Martin, with Tyler PD.

It is a $300 ticket. Moore will fight it in court, but she is not stopping there. She was curious why the light turned from yellow to red so quickly. In a statement, the City of Tyler's traffic engineering department said, "The Texas Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices states that a yellow clearance interval should be 3-6 seconds in length...controllers used by the City of Tyler will not allow the use of a yellow clearance interval of less than 3 seconds.

"I proceeded to take a survey of my own, going through the City of Tyler checking lights going from yellow to red to see how long they are on," said Moore.

With a stop watch and camera in hand, Moore has spent many hours clocking intersections. Moore says she found several yellow lights that did not meet the three second minimum, even timing one at 2.4 seconds.

"They need to be fixed," said Moore.

In March, Moore will take her word and evidence to court.

According to the National Motorists Association, six cities, including Dallas, were found to be shortening yellow lights for profit.

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