The world celebrates the International Traffic Light Day on August 5.


It was on this day, back in 1914, that the forerunner of modern devices – the first automatic traffic lights, which had red and green lights and emitted a sound signal when the light switched, appeared in the American city Cleveland.

Interestingly, the world’s first traffic light was installed long before that. On December 10, 1868, a device with two semaphore wings appeared in London, near the British Parliament building. Englishman J. P. Knight was its inventor, but his invention was operated manually.


The first traffic light in Ukraine was installed in Kharkiv in 1936.

The photo shows the photo work “Road Safety Above All!” by Anna Tykhonenko, a participant of the 5th All-Ukrainian photo and video works competition “Safe Country”, a student of the Markhalivka Gymnasium of Kyiv region.


We remind you that we are currently accepting works for the 6th All-Ukrainian photo and video works competition “Safe Country”. This year’s competition covers the following topics:

  • Youth for road safety
  • Life safety: we know and act
  • My safe country: the future

You can get acquainted in detail with the conditions of the competition and submit your work on our website in the CONTEST section.