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#1 01-02-11 02:55:07

Freedom Phil
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I went through a red light today!

I went through a red light today!

I collected some friends from the airport and was bringing them back to my house.  I was on a major road waiting to turn into a minor road, and the junction is traffic light controlled.    It was late and I was the first car, and I could see the lights for the minor road were on green so I did handbrake and neutral.  I noticed a car approaching from behind very quickly, and I commented to my friends the driver was going fast... then I thought $HIT, it's not going to stop.  I took the handbrake off.... looked again, checked the new road, took first gear, went through the red light into the new road and stopped.  The car screeched to a stop with smoking tyres, over the stop line.  if I hadn't of moved through the red light it would of been straight into the back of us.

My friends said if they had been driving they wouldn't have even thought to check mirrors while stopped at lights

comments?

.phil.
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#2 01-02-11 07:24:14

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Re: I went through a red light today!

You took the best option in my opinion, the other being to have have put your head between your knees and kiss your arse goodbye  big_smile

I Hope there are no repercussions from going through the light neutral


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#3 01-02-11 10:12:35

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Re: I went through a red light today!

It was late at night and there are no cameras on the lights so I think I'll be OK  big_smile

.phli. :angel:

PS if you know Sunderland, I was on Washington road (approaching the new TC) and going to turn left onto Hylton Lane.


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#4 24-02-11 10:27:33

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Re: I went through a red light today!

I went through a red light today!

I collected some friends from the airport and was bringing them back to my house.  I was on a major road waiting to turn into a minor road, and the junction is traffic light controlled.    It was late and I was the first car, and I could see the lights for the minor road were on green so I did handbrake and neutral.  I noticed a car approaching from behind very quickly, and I commented to my friends the driver was going fast... then I thought $HIT, it's not going to stop.  I took the handbrake off.... looked again, checked the new road, took first gear, went through the red light into the new road and stopped.  The car screeched to a stop with smoking tyres, over the stop line.  if I hadn't of moved through the red light it would of been straight into the back of us.

My friends said if they had been driving they wouldn't have even thought to check mirrors while stopped at lights

comments?

.phil.
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Just out of curiosity, what comments are you expecting?

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#5 24-02-11 20:41:26

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Re: I went through a red light today!

Made me wonder if a guy at the red light ahead of my learner, who moved through it just before my learner stopped behind would try to use this arguement if he had the 'bad luck' to be caught.

BTW not saying your making up excuses Phil.


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#6 06-03-11 21:53:05

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Re: I went through a red light today!

If you're gonna take the chance when there's a camera, make sure you go through at less than 12mph.
That way, you won't trigger it!


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#7 07-03-11 09:08:44

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Re: I went through a red light today!

I've never heard this before, where did this information come from?

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#8 07-03-11 19:12:46

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Re: I went through a red light today!

A friend of mine does all the police stuff - speed, driver awareness, traffic lights etc.

They spoke to the manufacturers of the TL cameras who gave them that snippet.

Also, lights are red for a full second before they go off.
So the next person who says they only just went through is a liar.
Especially when you add in the 3 secs of amber.


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#9 07-03-11 20:59:33

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Re: I went through a red light today!

A friend of mine does all the police stuff - speed, driver awareness, traffic lights etc.

They spoke to the manufacturers of the TL cameras who gave them that snippet.

Also, lights are red for a full second before they go off.
So the next person who says they only just went through is a liar.
Especially when you add in the 3 secs of amber.

Great news Jemima, makes my soon to be Ex's little indescretion and points/fine all the more comical as she went through at about 15 mph....


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#10 07-03-11 21:00:50

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Re: I went through a red light today!

You learn something every day.

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#11 11-03-11 23:42:04

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Re: I went through a red light today!

last red light i stopped at was in paris 1969 and that was'nt a traffic signal.

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#12 15-03-11 15:27:17

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Re: I went through a red light today!

I had a temporary traffic light stuck on red last night. As it turned out, it must have been an intermittant fault, because we were in a long queue on approach. Stopped twice, for a few minutes. No view of T/L due to road being straight and flat and large vehicles ahead.

As we moved towards the now green light, it changed to amber so we stopped, head of the queue. We waited while all cars came through, still T/L remained red. Gap for several seconds, new queue off oncoming traffic approaches, on approach they begin to move out around the roads works. We wait, this traffic passes through [view ahead is 3-400m nothing coming]  we wait a few seconds more [been discussing with client the possibility of T/L failure] I count out loud to 20, still no oncoming traffic then instruct my client to give a R signal [i've been watching the guy behind throughout, there were signs he was preparing to move] then move through red light. Queue follows us through end of story.

What would you guys have done?


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