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Bellevue uses AI technology to identify problem intersections and make them safer

Bellevue, using camera technology to identify problematic intersections and reduce crashes, added flashing yellow arrows to the street lights warning cars turning left onto 124th Avenue Northeast from Northeast 8th Street that they have to yield to oncoming traffic unless the arrow shines solid green. The green arrow only comes on if cars are still waiting to turn left then the lights are ready to turn red.

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A high-tech analysis of 40 intersections in Bellevue found that near misses in which crashes nearly occur are a reliable predictor of where future crashes will happen.

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