We all see red traffic lights daily. We’re all annoyed by them but not everyone stops in front of them. Why do we ignore red lights and what’s even more important, what’s wrong with it?
We use cars because they’re faster than legs, and we’re annoyed when that purpose cannot be fulfilled because of some traffic lights. One red light doesn’t make a big difference, but we call them red lights for a reason: they’re always red. So when there are no pedestrians in the way and no dangers ahead, why not ignore that red light?
Drivers usually don’t run red lights, simply because there is quite a big chance that someone else has a green light. Actually, you can be quite sure about that. But there’s always this moment, just before green and just after orange, when you might still make it to the other side. It is possible to do it without hitting someone on the way, or finding a sneaky police officer behind a tree who was waiting for that moment the whole day.
The police officer, or the fee.. What really is the difference between them? Both works in a preventive way. The punishment will make sure you’ll never do it (again). But there is something wrong when people fear the punishment more than that what it is trying to prevent. Because the fee for running a red light is most likely higher than the repair cost of a car. It is the fee that people fear, because the chances of hitting someone is pretty small if you have both eyes open.
It doesn’t really matter what it is that keeps drivers from running red lights, as long as it works. But cyclists usually don’t have so much respect for the red lights. And I agree with them, because their traffic lights only blink green once in every ten minutes. Above that, if a cyclist runs a red light, he doesn’t endager anyone’s safety (quite a paradox); the only problem is he might get hit by a car. The law has to protect you from yourself.
And I’m not even talking about pedestrians, who really risk their own lives and their own lives only. So, what is wrong with a pedestrian ignoring a red light when it’s safe?