- – Red Light Superstition – -

By David Blane


Maybe when we were all little it was a little more harmless to be naive. When you are stopped at stop light with your parents driving you might think, “How would people function with out this magical light?” Well, as we get older our dependency just becomes something you justify. Maybe your pride says, “I could do what this traffic light does, but I don’t have time.”

Well one problem not usually noticed by a child that should probably be noticed by an adult; the problem of nighttime red lights. Often times in the suburbs or even in urban areas, a phenomenon not counted by our genius government, no one is around to stop at the red light but you! One should probably think to himself, “This light must be defective” Because, obviously, the light would normally know how to direct traffic better than the average human right? Well, maybe you should wait for help. You wouldn’t want to disobey the most necessary law of all! And, plus, even though you can see that no one is coming for miles, if light turns green on the other side you could be blind sided and DIE! All of these risks certainly must be taken into account when at a red light. These lights deserve our respect and we owe our lives to them.

But, thank goodness the people in government are smart enough to know the best way to direct traffic or we’d all be lost just like before there were compasses. It sure is a relief to know that if someone runs a red light during this phenomenon they can be fined to save others from their own stupidity right?!

And also, thanks to new camera technology, we don’t even have to argue with cops! we just accept our ticket from the all knowing cameras and be happily on our way. Good thing those cameras are looking out for us.

For goodness sake, run the damn red light at 2 a.m. if it’s pointless.

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  1.   |  Thursday, 23 July 2009 at 11:29 pm

    Thanks for posting about this, I would like to read more about this topic.

  2.   |  Thursday, 30 July 2009 at 8:12 am

    Thanks for post. Nice to see such good ideas.

  3.   |  Wednesday, 16 December 2009 at 1:10 am

    Hey David, not sure you’ll ever read this because I’m late to the conversation, but here’s my opinion on it anyways (and thank God for some random guy’s opinion on the internet, right? ;) For the records, we don’t have cameras around where I live.

    I’ve actually asked myself “Do I really need to wait for this red light to turn green when there’s obviously no cars anywhere near the road because it’s 4am in the suburbs?” I’ve come to the conclusion that if I were to start “debating” on weather or not I can ignore the red light, I might develop a sort of addiction to it. Like say it’s now midnight instead of 4am, and there’s a car, but it’s far away enough as to not hit me, so I can go right? Now it’s 9pm, there’s not much traffic, and I could pretend this red light was just a stop sign, because really I’ve looked left and right and it’s clear, plus I’m sure there are no cops, I mean when do I ever see cops in the area?

    I think you get the picture. I don’t stop at the red sign because I’ve been Pavloved (hoho, new verb) into it, I do it because once you start, it becomes progressively easier to justify yourself into running a red light.

    I have no problem going over the speed limit however.

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