Don’t run red lights. A video and the image shown here illustrate why not. Courtesy of Snopes (see link below).
The video on Snopes’ website was caught by a traffic monitoring camera. One car is sitting at the red light while traffic across the intersection is coming to a stop. Suddenly, a silver car runs the red light and is hit by an SUV coming the other way. Even more frightening, as the SUV skids and rolls it smacks into a pedestrian and goes over him. He was crossing against the signal.
This is another one of my pet peeves. Sure, I’ve crossed against the signal a number of times, but take a look at the pedestrian. He’s crossing dangerously but walking as if he’s in the park. He’s not even looking for traffic. I see this in the city all the time and it never ceases to amaze me—pedestrians walking as if there is some magic bubble protecting them. When I cross the street in the city, I assume some car is going to come bearing down on me any second. When I am with the kids and it is a wide street like the one here, I usually run across—with one of the kids under my arm!
As the video shows, the time to start running is not when trouble has already started. You won’t make it across.
So I offer this as a warning to pedestrians: Don’t be cool as you stroll across the street, especially if you don’t have the light in your favor. It’s unlikely that anyone is gunning for you on purpose, but do you really want to trust your life to just anyone who gets behind the wheel of a car? The average IQ is 100.
For those who do not intend to follow the link, the pedestrian survives. The dent that the cruiser makes in the SUV miraculously creates a hollow that allowed the pedestrian to escape the full weight of the vehicle as it rolls over him. Still, he was badly injured.Posted by James at July 7, 2004 9:58 AM