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Old 11-22-2013, 07:23 PM
 
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I am wondering if people wait through the cycle when encountering a red stop light in the middle of the night, when it's obvious that no traffic is anywhere around.

It seems ridiculous to wait. After all, it's a traffic control light and there isn't any traffic to regulate. But I always wait it out.
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Old 11-22-2013, 07:27 PM
 
Location: Texas
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Yes. I wait.
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Old 11-22-2013, 07:27 PM
 
Location: Southwest Michigan/Miami Beach Miami
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Yeah I wait it out, might be a cop sneaking around or laying back watching.
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Old 11-22-2013, 07:31 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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I wait it out even though I hate sitting at a red light waiting for nobody and nothing. The traffic engineering in this town is unbelievably terrible. Even at 3 in the morning it can take 20 minutes to drive a few miles because of all the stupid pointless red lights.
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Old 11-22-2013, 07:40 PM
 
Location: On the Chesapeake
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Having been stopped a time or seven for not waiting I now do wait for the light to turn.
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Old 11-22-2013, 07:40 PM
 
Location: Florida
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This happened to me years ago. I was working the second shift so work ended at 11:30 PM.
By the time I got changed and ready it was close to midnight. Pulled up to a light that was just turning red and I stopped. There was not a sole around so I eased on through. About half a minute later flashing blue lights were behind me.

I tried to plead a give me a break officer, there was no one around but no, I got the ticket and my insurance was also surcharged for like three years.
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Old 11-22-2013, 07:52 PM
 
Location: WI
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i like the idea of being ticket free; so that means following the rules even if i dont always agree with them. Now i have been tempted late at night when the red seems to sit far too long without changing...... but i figure the minute i do take off early is the time i will get popped.
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Old 11-22-2013, 07:54 PM
 
Location: SE Michigan
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I feel like an idiot for waiting.

But about five years ago I got a ticket for an illegal right turn on a red light. It was 6 am and absolutely no vehicles in sight but a cop with no sense of humor was sitting behind an oil change place and nailed me.

It's worth waiting the 5-10 seconds to avoid an $85 ticket.
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Old 11-22-2013, 07:56 PM
 
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My scooter or bicycle wont trigger the sensor so I go through them when on those.
Where I used to live in FL, they turn the lights yellow at night because of the carjacking that was happening when cars sat at lights for a while in certain areas. I will take the risk of running them rather than being able to go through them in FL, any day
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Old 11-22-2013, 07:59 PM
 
Location: Ramsey, NJ
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Fun story: I was in West Milford, having just driven the length of Clinton Road, this supposedly haunted road in North Jersey. On my way back home, I am stopped at a light at the intersection of Clinton Rd and Rt 23, which I later learned is the longest red light in the country. The light is 5 minutes and 33 seconds long during the morning commute, but I was there at 1AM, surely the light wouldn't be that bad, right? Wrong. I sat there for at least five minutes with absolutely no traffic coming on Rt 23. I was the only car at this light. But I still didn't run the red light. I just know the second I did a cop would appear.
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