greyhoundtom wrote:It may be absurd to you, but there are far too many road users that are suffering some condition that may temporarily affect their judgment.
Therefore I'm happy to partially rely on red lights to at least keep some of them in line.........happy to wait for a green light.....double checking to make sure some idiot is not blasting through the red light facing them, and then safely cross the road.
That seems to be very intelligent behaviour which I have no objection to. In fact 95% of the time that is what I do.
Mulger bill wrote:NOTE- I didn't say "RUN". Anybody of any the road using tribes who runs a red needs a slappin'.
Anybody feeling sanctimonious enough to call me an outlaw or idiot and that shooting is the only way to save my soul may leave this thread now. Not Interested.
I think we can all agree on this. Even those crazy NY rat race riders still look somewhat for traffic before running the red. (Not that traffic cause them to stop, it just causes them to evade.
Philipthelam wrote:Are they saying that if you run a red light on car (and crash) it is more life threatening because two people/ parties will die as opposed to say runing a red light on a bike (and getting hit) where only the rider dies?
There is minimal risk of risk towards others when you are riding a bike. As opposed to a car....
(People are surprisingly better decision makers when their well-being is directly and acutely impacted.
Hence cyclists causing far fewer incidents on the roads than motorists.
m@ wrote:Spot on—and when I watch the local commuter types who typically run reds hereabouts, it's done in a way that's far from safe; i.e. wobble across through traffic with no thought to the light pattern, whether oncoming right-turners or traffic entering via a slip lane has a green light etc. Suicide in slow motion.
The reasons you list are excellent reasons why red light running should be discouraged. Some people who THINK they know what they are doing, don't. That is why I have no qualms with red light running being illegal. I have no qualms with it being enforced.
I do have an issue with people objecting to the fact that it can be performed safely. And I have issue with people claiming that those doing so are committing a terrible moral sin.
I rockclimb regularly and I take complete novices out on 100m cliffs hanging by a single rope and held only the grip of my palm and fingers. I am an engineer. I design structures that if they fail will mean deaths. I am used to having other people's lives in my hands. Literally & directly.If somebody tells me that I can't cross a road safely because the little red man says I can't then I scoff at that.