Wednesday, February 02, 2011

One Stop, Three Red-Light Runners

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I was heading south on Yonge towards the 401 the other day. Light turned yellow. I slowed and stopped. A car whizzed through from behind me as the light turned red.  After that, at an even higher speed, a second car blew through what was now a very red red light. A two-fer.  What surprised me was when a third car couldn't wait and ran the red before it turned green!

I've never seen that before.

Do you run red lights? I don't. It's a matter of respecting others and respecting the law.

It occurred to me as I sat there that a person who flouts a red-light would probably also cheat me if it suited him and he had the chance. Are our driving habits a reflection of our broader character? I suspect so. So did New York City. You know how they cleaned up on crime?  They simply started enforcing their minor laws; they found that a disproportionate number of careless and unlawful drivers were also wanted criminals. Disregard for the law kind of goes with the territory. Got them off the streets.

And that's the way the Ball bounces, waiting for the light to turn green.
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3 comments:

hunter said...

Winter is an excuse for running reds. I see it every morning when I am waiting to cross a busy intersection. Often two or three cars will block the intersection, meaning that we have to wait another two or three lights to get through. Very frustrating.

redensign said...

You probably drive a volvo and go 10 klicks UNDER the speed limit. If you like NYC, move there.

RkBall said...

Let me put it this way. If I habitually drove 10 clicks over the legal, posted speed limit, I wouldn't view this as something to boast about.

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