Wednesday, February 21, 2007
We've all done it, and at times it just happens unintentionally, but the extent of the red light runners in town is getting out of control.
After weeks and months of watching the local driving population and how they treat stop lights, I have to speak out. With my "commute" to work, approximately 1.5 miles, the short route takes me through two lights. One at Third and Lincoln and the other at Hilltop Connector.
This morning's ride netted six cars running the red lights. This number is for those cars entering the intersection after the light is already red. It is not uncommon to see a half-dozen or more cars a day running the numerous lights we have - a whopping 15 lights if I count correctly.
These "runners" aren't limited to teenagers, but cement trucks, dump trucks, fuel tankers, semi's, city transit buses and taxicabs along with all the others in town who can't wait the extra minute to get to where they are going. The other day, I was half a block from the light when it turned yellow. My daughter who will be driving herself in the next few months, said, "floor it, everyone else does!" Obviously they notice.
It is just a matter of time before one of our kids runs out when the light turns green and gets creamed by one of the runners. Think about it, and chill out before it is too late.