Red lights mean stop

Since moving to Texas, I’ve become more of an agressive driver – mostly because I want to stay alive on I-45. I have not, however, picked up the Houstonian habit of running red lights.

I’m not saying everyone does it, but I am saying that enough people do to keep me from ever, under any circumstances, be the first person out in the middle of a busy intersection at a green light (uhm, unless I’m the only one there of course).

The Chronicle talks about a proposed camera system to catch red light runners – only charging them a fine for each light run. Do you think more serious measures should be taken against repeat offenders?

((I’d like to give a shout out to the nice old lady who ran a red light and smashed into my car – and then lied about it to our insurance companies, leaving me to foot the bill. Thanks Cynthia!!))

4 Comments so far

  1. Laurence Simon (unregistered) on December 14th, 2004 @ 8:47 am

    There should be punishments for repeat offenders. They should lose their police badges.

  2. Chavez (unregistered) on December 14th, 2004 @ 9:36 am

    Oh yeah… this is an issue, but Houstonians are not the only offenders. I was reading the LA Metroblog a few weeks ago where someone had the same comment about LA drivers.

    It’s all fun and games until someone runs into a Jaguar and then gas pump and destroys that explodes and destroys their van.

  3. Sherri (unregistered) on December 14th, 2004 @ 4:31 pm

    I wonder who’ll be the first lucky winner of the “oops we forgot to replace the battery in that camera” lottery?

  4. Chavez (unregistered) on December 14th, 2004 @ 8:41 pm

    Dear Comments Reader: I solemnly swear that I, Paul Chavez, was not drunk while typing my previous comment to this post. I suspect that I was distracted by something like… ehh… work I suppose… and ended up typing something idiotic.

    So… now that we’ve squared that one away, let me attempt to type this out again:

    It’s all fun and games until someone in a van runs into a Jaguar and then smashes into a gas pump which ends up exploding.

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