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Old 11-18-2011, 11:58 AM
 
Location: Round Rock
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Not true!!
I did this a long time ago when it was 3:00 A.M. . No cars around, stuck are a slow and long red light. I swear I sat there for like 9 minutes. I decided to take it. Right across the street by the railroad tracks a cop was sitting there waiting. Basterd pulled me over and gave me a ticket.

I told him you must of enjoyed watching me sit that long at the light huh?
He comment was "I could have caused an accident".
Gotta love Cedar Park PD.
(d) An operator of a vehicle facing only a steady red signal shall stop at a clearly marked stop line. In the absence of a stop line, the operator shall stop before entering the crosswalk on the near side of the intersection. A vehicle that is not turning shall remain standing until an indication to proceed is shown. After stopping, standing until the intersection may be entered safely, and yielding right-of-way to pedestrians lawfully in an adjacent crosswalk and other traffic lawfully using the intersection, the operator may:
(1) turn right; or
(2) turn left, if the intersecting streets are both one-way streets and a left turn is permissible.
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Old 11-18-2011, 12:56 PM
 
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I was on my scooter waiting on north lamar to cross Koenig yesterday and about 4 cars went through the red in front of me. There were cars not even entering the intersection yet who ran the red after my light was green. I always try to get a quick start from lights when I'm first in traffic so I can get my pick of lanes up ahead and not have to look over my should for room to merge etc. Green in Austin doesn't mean 'go',, it means 'proceed once the intersection is clear'.

On the one hand I throw my hands up like "what's a matter with you animals!" On the other hand, I only was in that part of town to go to a store. I don't commute that way. If I had to commute on Lamar between 5-6pm regularly, I'd probably start building some kind of little blimp or an ultralight aircraft.
Yeap, folks, be careful when you are on that intersection.
The left turn signal from Koenig to Lamar is short, people run red light on a regular basis.
I was on Lamar going north and my light was already green for probably two seconds. There was still a car turning left that I had to wait for him.
I honked at him and threw my hands in the air to show my displeasure, he had the audacity to get upset about it.
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Old 11-18-2011, 02:49 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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Yeap, folks, be careful when you are on that intersection.
The left turn signal from Koenig to Lamar is short, people run red light on a regular basis.
I was on Lamar going north and my light was already green for probably two seconds. There was still a car turning left that I had to wait for him.
I honked at him and threw my hands in the air to show my displeasure, he had the audacity to get upset about it.
Oh man, I hate that intersection so much. What is up with the ridiculously short left turn signal from Koenig to Lamar?
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Old 11-18-2011, 04:15 PM
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Location: Jollyville, TX
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Yeap, folks, be careful when you are on that intersection.
The left turn signal from Koenig to Lamar is short, people run red light on a regular basis.
I was on Lamar going north and my light was already green for probably two seconds. There was still a car turning left that I had to wait for him.
I honked at him and threw my hands in the air to show my displeasure, he had the audacity to get upset about it.
It's the same way with the light to turn left (southbound) on 360 from Spicewood Springs. I used to get mad at the two or three drivers still in the intersection when our light turned green. Then I came down Spicewood Sprgs one day and realized why those drivers were there (combination of too short a light and a long distance to clear the intersection). Now I don't stress over it, I just wait for them to clear before I go.

I do think running red lights has gotten too rampant and with no consequences though. I'd like to see more enforecement. I don't mind stopping for yellow lights but I don't want to get rear ended either!
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Old 11-18-2011, 09:57 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, Texas
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It's the same way with the light to turn left (southbound) on 360 from Spicewood Springs. I used to get mad at the two or three drivers still in the intersection when our light turned green. Then I came down Spicewood Sprgs one day and realized why those drivers were there (combination of too short a light and a long distance to clear the intersection). Now I don't stress over it, I just wait for them to clear before I go.

I do think running red lights has gotten too rampant and with no consequences though. I'd like to see more enforecement. I don't mind stopping for yellow lights but I don't want to get rear ended either!
How about, instead of more enforcement (revenue generation) they make corrections to the light timings? It's been shown time & again that correct light timings do wonders for red light behavior.

Of course, the revenue generators wouldn't like this since it would cut into their revenue.
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Old 11-22-2011, 12:41 AM
 
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A street I can remember it happen on was when I got off of I-35 and the exit was Lockheart I think? I was turning left. I've also noticed people will cut me off much more than where I used to live. Im not use to driving in a larger city. I drove around dallas to get here the and nealy a heart attack. I am scared for my life everytime I get in the car lol. I know I'm laughing but I am serious.The crazy drivers mixed with my sister's driving when we go anywhere in her car.
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Old 12-22-2011, 07:12 PM
 
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Austin sounds like a madhouse. Primitive. Get-out-of-my-way-or-else!!Is it still the Wild West ?? Ye gods!!
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Old 12-22-2011, 09:33 PM
 
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Where I'm from, all the stop lights are equipped with cameras, so such behavior is usually avoided.
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Old 12-22-2011, 10:57 PM
 
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Today I was driving on Ben White (not the freeway), in the right lane, not speeding, but just going the rate of most of the traffic. Someone cut right in front of me, then stopped to turn into a driveway. I literally had to slam on my brakes to avoid a collision. Who does that? Unfortunately, it is not the first time this has happened to me in Austin. I used to think that people were exaggerating when they said Austin drivers are worse than in other place, but I am beginning to believe it.
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Old 12-23-2011, 07:05 AM
 
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I think Austin has more polite drivers than other places I have lived. Las Vegas was the worse. Stopping for a red light meant being rear ended. I stopped for a lady crossing in a crosswalk and was rear ended. I guess I was suppose to hit her (Not!!) People will actually allow you to merge onto I 35. Many places I have lived it is frustrating and scary as you have to try and force your way into traffic. Maybe if those people who are running red lights read these posts, we can keep Austin safe and friendly. You also have to remember there are many transplants living in Austin and they bring their bad driving habits with them.
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