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U-turns on red? wtf? - January 22, 2013, 08:39 AM

So what is up with the u-turn on red? I don't see people running red lights to turn left (other than running a little late through but I expect that). I do see folks doing u-turns on red lights. I am not talking about people running late through a light. I am talking about coming up to an already red light and then doing a u-turn right through it. Most of the time, when I have seen this there wasn't any cross traffic, but the other day the person doing the U-turn acted like they had the right of way and the people with the green light turning right onto the road had to slam on their brakes to avoid hitting this idiot. Where do people get the idea that this is acceptable? It makes me wish for more red light cameras to stop these idiots before they kill someone (as long as the yellows aren't artificially shortened when they put up the camera).


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January 22, 2013, 09:02 AM

U-turns on red really attract attention, so for someone who makes a habit of it there will be a police ticket sooner rather than later that will make them think twice about doing it anymore. Other that that, it's just another thing to watch for. Peolple are pressed for time and frustrated by traffic, and will do what it takes if they can.
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January 22, 2013, 01:15 PM

Yeah. The light in front of my work has a left turn lane to go across 3 lanes of on coming traffic. Its a long light to make the u-turn. People get impatient and just go for it sometimes. Usually an accident every few weeks. It keeps me entertained. Once in a while some dumb fuck will try to honk and push me through it if I'm first in line. I usually put it in park and walk back to ask them wtf they are honking at. Its a red arrow people... you are required to stop and wait for green.


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January 22, 2013, 02:09 PM

I often make illegal lefts through red arrows when straight traffic has the green.

Adam Corolla described this type of scenario, IIRC, he said something like "the solid red arrow is the rape of the competent driver...to have to sit through a red arrow when he can obviously see the coast is clear"

At least make the red arrow blink. Solid red arrows SUCK!!!!!
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January 22, 2013, 02:47 PM

I'll tell you how this has come about. Some dbag in a BMW decided one day that he didn't want to wait at the left red and instead of using discretion about going through, he made sure there were witnesses around. People in this region are sheep-like so when they see it, they do it. Now this is happening periodically but yeah, the cops aren't putting up with it.


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January 22, 2013, 02:52 PM

Like anything else on a motorcycle, you gotta use some common sense.

Road in the middle of the night, no traffic, bike not setting off sensor? I'll blow through it.


Daytime, during traffic? YGBSM. Fucking stupid, that.


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January 22, 2013, 03:51 PM

To be clear, these were not motorcycles, but a Lexus, a BMW, and some newer generic sedan. The exception was that worst offender, who was driving a rusty old compact pickup. I guess that driver figured the people with the newer cars cared more about not hitting it, and they were right.

As far as running a "non-functioning" traffic light on a motorcycle, the good news is that it is legal in Virginia. But, part of that law is to make SURE that the coast is clear before proceeding through the intersection. It isn't just the law, it is a really good idea if you want to stay alive.


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