Written by Jerry Riley
Wednesday, 14 August 2013 00:00
I’m mentioned previously that the amber traffic light is sometimes now known as the Floor-It Light. Now, after some empirical observations at the intersection of Routes 117 and 24, I’d like to suggest the green light be considered as a secondary caution light - because of the Floor-It Light’s growing popularity. [Editor’s Note: We used to call those “Yellow Cab” stops in Chicago.]
Locally, I’ve seen several drivers ignore the amber light until it was too late to stop and a few just seem to routinely ignore it altogether, and roar right through the red light!
Be respectful of those drivers ahead of you who don’t do a jack-rabbit start the instant the green light shows. Maybe instead of blasting your horn because you are right behind them, you should consider that they may be in a position to see a driver coming too fast, who may be unable, or is unwilling, to stop for the red light.
Sometimes the driver in front of you can see a pedestrian crossing the street, where you can’t. Sometimes the first driver isn’t as vigilant as drivers should be. I’m just thinking back to the two different times I’ve been knocked to the ground by drivers who were turning - and what a revoltin’ development this is!
On the other hand, a short honk reminder may be necessary sometimes to jolt them from their phone conversation, or, more probably, their texting. I’ve also observed that frequently, with drivers’ heads down and not watching their surroundings. In fact, one time a driver was slumped over so long, I was getting concerned for his welfare, but then he noticed the green light and sped off, I suspect somewhat embarrassed.
Jerry Riley comments for the News Bulletin. He is a retired telecommunications supervisor.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 August 2013 13:00