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Which is more aggravating: Someone runs a red light, or stops at a green light?

Asked at Judicial and Law Enforcement Center, 111 E. 11th St. on April 11, 2010

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Photo of Michael Sheridan

I would probably say stopping at a green light, so long as they’re not running a red light after it’s been red for five seconds or so - that’s clearly putting other people in danger. But stopping on a green light aggravates me more.”

Photo of Megan McGinniss

“When people run a red light because it’s more dangerous, as opposed to stopping at a green light - that causes a little bit of a delay, and might be annoying, but it’s not necessarily dangerous.”

Photo of Gretchen Egle

““Stopping at a green light, because I have borderline road rage. If I’m driving, I’m probably in a hurry. And at some of the traffic lights — like at 15th and Iowa, 23rd and Iowa — if you’re stopping, I’m probably not going to make it through. And then … I’m going to be really upset.””

Photo of Sharron Guana

“Both of them, because you’re going to cause an accident one way or the other.”

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thebcman 4 years ago

what a stupid question.

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tomatogrower 4 years ago

I'm with Shannon. But I do see more people running red lights, than stopping at green lights. A whole lot more.

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beatrice 4 years ago

Jonas wrote exactly what I was thinking. Running red lights kills people.

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jonas_opines 4 years ago

Green light stoppage I'd qualify as aggravating. Red light running I'd say is more along the lines of dangerous or deadly.

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Tom Shewmon 4 years ago

Neither. Someone you're following who straggles along below the speed limit, just to cause YOU to miss the green light ahead........and usually one of those ridiculously long green lights......and usually it happens when you're in a hurry. People are aggravating under most circumstances anyway----period.

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dajudge 4 years ago

People being stopped at a green light bothers me more. I was driving along at the speed limit of 30mph when I saw the light up ahead was turning green, so I didn't bother slowing down, although there were two cars in my lane stopped at the light. I assumed wrongly that they would be proceeding on their way when the light changed to green, but, there they sat, not going and with the tiny bit of rain on the oil slicked street, there was no stopping for me until I rammed into the back of the one car, which then hit the car in front that wasn't going on green. I got the ticket for following too close.

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prospector 4 years ago

Yes, driving is aggravating. Everybody should walk to aggravate the drivers even more.

Nobody likes......

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smitty 4 years ago

OTS would have been much more interesting if only one officer who fails to ticket for red light infractions were asked this question.

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Dennis MacMillan 4 years ago

I believe the most aggravating green lighters are the ones paying more attention to the conversation on their cell phones as they sit first in line at rush hour, only to barely make it through as the light turns to red.....leaving the rest of us to wait for another cycle, and those who approach the green light as if they fear it's going to change to red just as they get there, so they prepare to stop at the green just in case (These drivers generally hang in the fast lane as they mosey along)

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bobberboy 4 years ago

It's much safer to go through a yellow then red light than to slow down and stop in anticipation of a red light.

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Flap Doodle 4 years ago

Most aggravating would be people who hold a cigarette at arm's length outside their car window. If it smells so bad, why do you put it in your mouth and suck on it?

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Liberty275 4 years ago

Stopping at green lights is annoying. Waiting for a red light to turn green while no traffic is coming is a waste of time.

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 4 years ago

Traffic signals damage my calm.

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CreatureComforts 4 years ago

"I have noticed that Nebraskans are notorious for stopping at green lights."


Meh, I have seen Missourians are notorious for not knowing anything about vehicular rules, regulations, norms or common sense. I avoid MO plated vehicles like they are tanks in Mogadishu

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nobody1793 4 years ago

Huh? Do they mean "stops at a green light", or "doesn't go once a light turns green"? I have never seen anyone stop at a green light. Ever.

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labmonkey 4 years ago

I have noticed that Nebraskans are notorious for stopping at green lights. I know they like seeing the color red, but for pete's sake.....GOOOOOOOOOOO!

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Benjamin Roberts 4 years ago

"Which is more aggravating: Someone runs a red light, or stops at a green light?"

The most aggravating is when someone does both. They sit through the green light, oblivious to the honking of horns behind them; then, at the last second, just as the light is turning red they shoot through the intersection. Everyone behind them then has to sit through another set of light changes.

Hang-up and drive!

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Boosh 4 years ago

They shoulda asked this at the MERC

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spacehog 4 years ago

Thanks a lot, tange. I had to dance around my bedroom to "Red Light". I tripped over some beer cans and went through the bedroom window. Now I am really going back to bed.

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tange 4 years ago

"If it's the rough stuff ya want..."

(This modern world deserves a modern attitude .)

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spacehog 4 years ago

Red Lights....I had a job one summer as a doorman at these upscale condos in L.A. in the mid '80's. John Matuszak lived there (Go Raiders, Go). One night when I was getting off work at about 11, he pulls up in his Ferrari and says, "Hey Spacehog, wanna cruise with the Tooz?" I would do anything for a Raider, so hella yeah, I jumped in. He was coked to the gills. Christ, we're flying all over L.A, doing 85 in the city, bumper-to-bumper with every car we got behind. My feet were jammed to the floorboard and my sphincter was clenched so tight it was sore the next day. Dude had no idea what a red light was. We probably passed 5 cops who didn't stop him cuz' they were buddies. He actually dropped me off at my apt. in La Brea after about an hour long death ride. I went in and downed 3 bottles of Night Train. Didn't sleep a wink. Poor Tooz OD'd on darvocet in 1989. Great. I just huffed ther nitrous out of the last can of whipped cream. I'm going back to bed. My wife's gonna kill me.

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Ron Holzwarth 4 years ago

I once was in an accident because the light turned green, and before I could get moving, the car behind me slammed into the back of my car. Seems he had been looking at the light, noticed it had just turned green, and therefore assumed the way was clear.

The cops didn't buy his story!

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spacehog 4 years ago

Rock on, Gretch. You need to cruise with me sometime. I've got long-range mace, baseball bats, bb guns, C-4, grenades, stop sticks, a Tech 9, a couple of Uzis, a bullhorn, and some of those James Bond tacks, all in the backseat of my '70 Fleetwood. I have no tolerance for people who don't know how to drive drunk.

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spacehog 4 years ago

If you could zoom in behind Megan, you'd see me in handcuffs being taken in for another assault and battery arraignment. I gave Judge Fairchild the finger. He got a big laugh out of it. He likes me, but he's jealous I let Judge Malone get me hitched.

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spacehog 4 years ago

People on the street who talk too much.

Green light, seven eleven You stop in for a pack of cigarettes You don’t smoke, don’t even want to Hey now, check your change Dressed up like a car crash The wheels are turning but you’re upside down You say when he hits you, you don’t mind Because when he hurts you, you feel alive Oh, now, Is that what it is?

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RoeDapple 4 years ago

"If you don't like my driving then stay off the sidewalk..."

Assume you are the best driver out there, expect others to make mistakes, concentrate on your driving. Becoming aggravated at others mistakes will only cause you to make mistakes of your own.

Gretchen, cut your license in two and stay off the street. You are much too immature to be endangering the other drivers out there.

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