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Today's History Lesson...controlling the traffic

Imagine the highways and byways without traffic signals, especially in the 21st century when the automobile is commonplace and traffic in some places horrendous. Such was not the case in the beginning but it did not take long for the need to be recognized.

This Day in History: August 5, 1914

The need for direction when to stop and go was realized early in the 20th century. As the availability and necessity of the automobile grew, navigating America's roads became a chaotic experience. One must keep in mind during this era, pedestrians, bicycles, horses and streetcars all competed with motor vehicles for right of way. Some relief was realized with the gradual disappearance of the horse-drawn carriages but problems still existed.