Red (still) means stop

I am not sure where people outside of Detroit got the idea that a red traffic light in the city means “go”, but, if you are someone operating under this false pretense, be forewarned: you will get pulled over and given a ticket. I witnessed this very thing on my way to work today.

There I was, just driving along, sucking down my morning coffee, when the woman in the car behind me jerked her steering wheel to the right, passed me by, and proceeded to bolt through the intersection just as the traffic light was changing from yellow to red.

I know that those yellow lights can sometimes be a tough call, so I gave her the benefit of the doubt – for the first light she ran. By the time I saw her blatently go through the next two, I knew something was up; and, unfortunately for her, so did the police officer that pulled her over.

This story has two good lessons: one – don’t ignore traffic lights downtown; and, two – if you still operate under the “ignore Detroit traffic lights” rule, then you haven’t been to Detroit in a long time. Free up some time in your schedule this week to come downtown and see what its really like.

1 Comment so far

  1. UrbanTiki (unregistered) on July 26th, 2005 @ 9:40 am

    I would only amend your guidelines to add: “Always assume the cars around you – both traveling parallel and perpendicular – will be blowing the light.”



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