Do you ever run red lights?

posted 3 years ago in The Lounge
  • poll: Do you run red lights?
    Yes (at least sometimes) : (20 votes)
    11 %
    No (never) : (86 votes)
    48 %
    I speed up on yellow : (74 votes)
    41 %
  • Post # 3
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: December 2011

    You’re not supposed to enter the intersection if the light is already yellow.

    Post # 4
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    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    @BakerBee16:  So many people run red lights, that I have learned to look both ways before I start to move forward when my light turns green.

    I really don’t like pain- especially when it’s mine.

    Post # 5
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    @strawbabies:   Yes, you can. But you have to be aware of how long it’s been yellow. If it has just changed,  there’s no reason not to go. But if it’s been yellow for five seconds,  most people use their judgement to stop.

    Post # 6
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    11668 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I have before accidently. It’s probably 50/50 if I try and beat the yellow or not. I tend to do it a lot less now though since I’ve noticed the delayed green concept is not very prevalent where I live!  I always always look both ways before going through an intersection though regardless if I have green or not though. I got in a horrible accident in an intersection when I was young. Even though I wasn’t driving, it definitely traumatized me!

    Post # 7
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: February 2014

    @BakerBee16:  This same thing happened to me one night. Something made me look over and sure enough someone came flying through the light. Then I got pulled over for suspicious driving! I was going slowly because I was freaked OUT. I was like where the heck were you 2 seconds ago!?

    Post # 8
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: March 2014

    I have before, but I didn’t do it on purpose. I honestly thought I wouldn’t have been able to stop in time. Where I live now though, we have delayed lights everywhere.

     

    I tend to stop when a light turns yellow unless I’m already going under it when it turns. 

     

    Post # 9
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    Buzzing Beekeeper

    Red, no. Yellow, yes.

    Post # 11
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: March 2014

    I pretty much stopped driving when I moved to NYC, but previously, I never intentionally ran red lights. I did it once accidently when I was 16 or 17 and I was driving at night, zoned out and didn’t notice until I was flying through. And there have been a couple times where I slowed for the yellow, decided I couldn’t stop safety and then sped up going through right as the light was changing.

    I also stop for yellow lights UNLESS I feel I cannot stop safely or (and this is bad) I’m running late and I know it will take five minutes to get a green again.

    Post # 12
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    10495 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: January 2011

    Yes, but not really on purpose.  I’ve done it when a new light was put in (everyone did, as it wasn’t at a typical intersection).  There’s also been times when I’ve been behind a huge vehicle and didn’t know it was turning red.  Other things like that.  There are also times in the winter when it’s not possible to stop, but it’s not really creating a safety issue, as people take a while to start on the green when it’s like that too, so everyone is just a bit lagged behind the lights.

    Post # 13
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    I have once by accident, when I was in school and was there for a midnight-6am shift in the large animal hospital.  Usually there is nothing to do after 2 am treatments so they would let us leave then.  I was driving home about 2:30 am and there was a red light I didn’t notice, it is a small side stree that is almost never red so I didn’t even notice until I was halfway through.  Luckily I was the only car on the road because it was the middle of the night.

    Post # 14
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I had a similar thing happen a couple of years ago, where my light turned green, I went to go, and the person who had a red light took off through the intersection. Thankfully I was able to stop in time, and the other driver had the nerve to give me the finger!

    If I’m already going when the light turns yellow, I’ll go as opposed to slamming on my brakes, especially if someone is tailgating. If I see it turn yellow and have time to safely stop, then I will. I’m generally not in that big of a hurry that I need to rush through lights, however.

    Post # 15
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    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2012

    @strawbabies:  Here in Oklahoma it is not illegal to enter the intersection on a yellow light. However, it is strongly encouraged to stop at the crosswalk.

     

    OP: I will enter an intersection at a yellow light if I can make it to the crosswalk in three seconds or less when the light turns yellow. I do not speed up to make yellow lights, but I’ve driven my area enough to know how long it takes me to get to crosswalks from various points at my chosen speed.

    Post # 16
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: April 2014

    Now that there are red light cameras on nearly every street where I work and live, I don’t get close to running red lights.  I hate getting those surprise red light camera bills in the mail.  But you bet I run those yellows!

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