Growing up I thought I had my head around how traffic lights worked. Red means you stop. Green means you go. Orange means go faster.
- I’ll stop when it goes orange, if I can do so before entering the intersection.
- If it goes orange and I’m reasonably close, I’ll floor it to get through the intersection lest I have to lose two minutes of my life stationary and watching traffic.
- If I floor it now I might get to the intersection in time to catch the orange light.
- It’s red, but the cars stopped at the just-turned-green light haven’t had a chance to move yet, so I can get through without getting hit.
And I saw all of these on the way to work this morning. Despite numerous ads on TV warning about intersections and the city publicly announcing the installation of red-light cameras, people still run the risk.
I only have one word for them: Morons.