In the not too distant future drivers at traffic lights in Costa Rica will more option to the basic red, yellow and green. A fourth light will tell you how many seconds left on the green light.

20130109-013246-p.m.-652x300The change is part of a pilot plan by the Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transportes (MOPT), with the first of such lights is already up in the area of Parque de la Paz.

The objective of the new lights to reduce the incidences of drivers “leapfrogging” lights.

The head of the traffic lights department at the MOPT, José Roldán, said the four light traffic lights will appear in the busiest intersections, as well as near schools and colleges.

Among the disadvantages is that the lights cost a little more than US$75 that traditional traffic lights and can be used by street racers.

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