(For fun) Would you drive through a red light?

posted 2 years ago in The Lounge
  • poll: What would you do (in situation described in post)?
    Wait for the light to turn green : (74 votes)
    85 %
    Drive through red light after determining there was no other traffic and it was safe to do so : (13 votes)
    15 %
  • Post # 2
    3583 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2016 - Manhattan, NY

    Carolsays :  I’ve been in this situation many times. Some of our traffic lights are smart and once they sense your car there, they turn so that you’re not waiting forever. But there are other lights that are notoriously long, even if there’s no other traffic. So yes, in my impatience, I have gone through those red lights when I was absolutely certain that there was no one else around. These are areas with great visibility, otherwise I wouldn’t risk it. If I were to get caught then I’d deserve it. 

    Post # 3
    187 posts
    Blushing bee

    I’ve purposely gone through red lights before.  Last winter there was a brutal snow storm and the streets weren’t plowed.  I had a red light in the middle of a hill I was going up.  I knew if I stopped I was going to get stuck.  There wasn’t any other traffic around so I kept going.  I would have gladly paid a ticket to avoid having to dig my car out of 10 inches of snow.

    Post # 4
    9982 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: City, State

    We have Red Light cameras here that snap a picture and mail you a ticket.

    Post # 5
    12236 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper

    I’d wait unless there was a true emergency. 

    Post # 6
    2857 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 2018

    Well considering my brother did this exact thing and got plowed into as soon as he entered into a “clear” intersection, I think I’d probably wait. 

    Post # 7
    2401 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2016

     I’d wait. I wouldn’t feel safe. Plus, really. 2 minutes at a stop light isn’t going to mess with my day. Now, like another poster mentioned, in snow, I’ve been known to just keep going. My getting stuck isn’t going to help anyone. 

    Post # 8
    6860 posts
    Busy Beekeeper

    I’ve only ran a red light once in my life –  it was really slippery and I slid through an intersection. It was so scary! I would wait at the light, even if there was no one around lol. 

    Post # 9
    863 posts
    Busy bee

    I’ve driven through a red light before. It was 3am and I was turning left at a sensor intersection. The lights cycled twice but the light for the turning lane never changed. 

    Post # 10
    1083 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2018

    I’m not going to run a red light unless there is really a very good reason to. And you haven’t described that here. 

    Post # 11
    2179 posts
    Buzzing bee

    I’ve done it. I’ve been stopped at lights for 10+ min and had no clue what was causing the delay. Traffic was clear so yup, I went. Like pp said, there was plenty of visibility and it was clear something was off with the timing/cycle of the traffic lights. Not all of them are based of sensors in the ground, some are on timers which can malfunction sometimes. 

    If something like this happened and there wasn’t clear visibility, I’d make a right on red, then make u turn when I could (I live in FL where making u turns is legal & sometimes necessary.) 


    Post # 12
    3427 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2016

    I was driving home from work at 1 am one time. I came to a red light that was just off the highway on a major road. I stop at that intersection all the time. I could clearly see there was no one around. I sat at that light. And I sat. For five minutes. And then 10 minutes. And all of the other lights were turning green and going through the cycle, but not mine. But I was almost positive there was a red light camera, and also I just couldn’t bring myself to go at a red light!

    At the 12 minute mark I crossed over into the right lane, turned right, made a legal U turn, and then had a green light from that side so I could finally go.

    So apparently I’m a law follower, to the point that it’s kind of embarassing. I was so pissed at that entire situation. 😂

    Post # 13
    820 posts
    Busy bee

    Maybe a few years ago but now I would be too worried about getting a ticket in the mail from a camera just because I couldn’t sit at a red light for 2 minutes

    Post # 14
    472 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2018

    I’m pretty much a rule follower so I would wait. The only time I purposefully drove through a red light was at 3am and I was driving my roommate at the time to the ER. 

    Post # 15
    1578 posts
    Bumble bee

    Running a red light doesn’t sound fun at all.  

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