Now I understand  

PillsburyCodeBoy 60M
479 posts
10/19/2005 6:27 am

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Now I understand

I've always wondered why some people don't take off immediately after a red light turns green. This morning I discovered a very good reason for not doing that.

I was waiting at a red light on the way to my son's school. My light turned green, but I was fiddling with the radio buttons, so I didn't take off right away. About five seconds after my light turned green, someone in a Hummer went through the intersection going at least 50. Had I moved as soon as my light turned green, he would have hit me squarely on my side, and I would surely be dead now.

I was so shaken, I almost forgot to drop my son off at his school. I was almost out of the circle drive in front of his school when he said, "Uh, Dad? Aren't you forgetting something?"

DirtyLilSecret61 55F

10/19/2005 9:45 am

I'm VERY glad you did not become another statistic. I bet you were and still are shaky. I've had similar things happen to me.

They need to make the time a few seconds longer when it's "all red" before the opposing traffic gets the green. Put me in charge of these things, damnit!


PillsburyCodeBoy 60M

10/19/2005 1:03 pm

Thank you, Lil. As far as I'm concerned, you're in charge.

rm_Purloynd 58M/60F

10/19/2005 2:03 pm

In the new handbooks and defensiving driving courses they actually tell you to wait a bit after the light turns green for that very reason.

In light means go, yellow light means floor it and a red light means 3 more vehicles will come thru. There have been so many fatal accidents and wrecks because of this practice, many "notorious" intersections now have cameras so just when the driver thinks they got away with one, the city just sends the registered owner the pictures, complete with close up of the plate and a ticket in the mail.

rm_jayR63 59F
1884 posts
10/19/2005 7:34 pm

Hey I wanted to be in charge.
How come I never get to be in Charge of anything?

berrigal2 61F

10/20/2005 4:27 am

LOL's the same with red lights in Eastern Kentucky. The favorite past time here however seems to be "Beat the Coal Truck".

It's played this way:

See a loaded coal truck (which means at least 40 ton is pushing them down the road)

Gauge how fast they are going....pulling out in front of one not going at least 50 mph is not ruled dangerous enough, therefore you will be disqualified from the game.

PULL OUT WHEN YOU CAN SEE THE WHITE's OF THE DRIVERS EYES and scream loudly when the adrenaline hits your system if you aren't dead in 10 seconds.

Red lights are fun, but people tell me that the coal truck game is better. Those that live to tell the tale anyway.

I think I will take up walking since gas prices are so high and driving is so dangerous...NAH..that's too much work..lmao

PillsburyCodeBoy 60M

10/20/2005 6:19 am

Come to think of it, Purloynd, the driver was heading in the direction of Houston. If the cop at the bottom of the hill he was heading toward didn't get him, maybe one of those cameras in Houston did.

PillsburyCodeBoy 60M

10/20/2005 6:22 am

I think I've got it, jayR. You can be in charge of Anything. (You have to be in charge of something; you are, after all, The General.) Lil can be in charge of Everything Else.

PillsburyCodeBoy 60M

10/20/2005 6:25 am

We have a similar game in East Texas, berri. It's called "Follow The Log Truck As Closely As Possible." First time I played it, I thought they were going to have to surgically pry my fingers off the steering wheel. Great fun until you or someone you know gets killed when a log comes crashing through your windshield.

berrigal2 61F

10/21/2005 3:46 am

Buh..buh...I wanna be in charge of something too!!!!


PillsburyCodeBoy 60M

10/21/2005 8:52 am

berri, you're in charge of keeping the coal and log trucks away from everyone. That's the most important job; it'll keep us all alive.

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