Post # 1
I was on my way home from work and I was the first person in line at a red light. When it turned green, something made me look left before I went and there was a pickup truck FLYING through their red light. If I would have went, I would have been smashed into! The lady was old and was looking down in the passenger seat. I couldn’t believe it.
So do you all slow down on yellow, and stop for red? Or speed up when the light is yellow and run the red light? I admit I am guilty of speeding up to catch the light when it turns yellow. This makes me reconsider that and to STOP when it turns yellow and to pay attention to the road unlike this lady!
Post # 3
You’re not supposed to enter the intersection if the light is already yellow.
Post # 4
@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
@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
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
@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
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 # 10
@julies1949: I’m definitely going to start looking both ways now. I do sometimes but not often enough. I’m glad I did this time!
@MrsWBS: I was in a really bad accident when I was 17 on a gravel road because the driver was speeding, so now everytime I’m in the car with someone on a gravel road I tell them to slow down! I’m forever traumatized too.
@LiliKitty: I was more mad than anything. She was so oblivious I doubt she even knew she ran it!
Post # 11
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
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
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
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
@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
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!