By Samaritan - 19/01/2010 13:20 - United Kingdom
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I ran a red light directly in front of a police officer without getting a citation. The reason, the officer was the one I had to get ouf of the way of. But, I did not just ffly out into crossing traffic. I carefully viewed the situation and saw no traffic was coming so I could move through the intersection safely. Now if I had pulled out and cause an accident, I am sure I would have been found at fault and been cited. As for the person who hates all cops, not all are assholes and will use some common sense. That being said, their are many who view their badge and uniform as an excuse to run roughshod over others. I even saw an officer turn on his red lights once so he could make a left turn at an intersection where his light was red and then immediately turn them off one he was aroumd the corner. Did I follow to call him to task? Hell no. You do not follow any emergency vehicle for any reason. If I had the car number, I could have turned him in that way.
I hate _traffic_ cops, not ones who are actually useful in fighting violent crime and rape etc. But the ones who give me a ticket for going 45 in a 35? Or being a couple days late in renewing my registration? Gimme a break. The only traffic cop I do like: http://www.e90post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=332203 (Read some of the comments left by the OP as well).
Hmm I guess I can't comment much since my town does have these things #56 talked about. Whenever an ambulance is approaching an intersection they turn all opposing lights red and somehow make the one way a green light. I was at an intersection with an ambulance coming up behind me, and the light turned green and i was able to just move forward and turn down the street I was going to in order to get out of the way.
5... maybe, just maybe that cop had an EMERGENCY... Like, sometimes, they have life and death situations, weird huh? I'm assuming your fender bender was not. 56, I'm like 99% sure in most areas, traffic cops are the same as real cops. it just depends what duty their on or if they've got down time. At least that's how it worked when I was a dispatcher. Oh, and you soul be AMAZED how many accidents are caused by people running red lights, there is such thing as a shoulder, try moving to that before you are the cause of a T-bone accident.
I know that at least in Canada. If you are sitting at a red light and there is no possible way of getting to the shoulder (cars on both sides of you or w.e) you are supposed to run the red if it is safe and then immodestly pull over.also I hate how people say "oh I hate cops" what would you do if some crazy guy came after you and you called the cops and they didn't show up? Like go runs into a place where a guy has a gun and everyone' else is running away? The cops. There are a lot of ass hole cops but there are also good cops. Unfortunately everyone only focuses on the bad ones
Actually, He was right. When stopped at a red light, you are supposed to not move. Imagine how frustrating for the driver it would be if all of a sudden, 80 cars stopped at a red light started driving and trying to pull over to the same spot creating a large backup. The ambulance driver is responsible for finding his own way around the stopped cars to prevent further injury. (We learned this in Drivers Ed, which I finished yesterday.)
You don't know the intersection he was in... What if the ambulance was blocked, and the only way it could get by is if he ran a red light? Granted, maybe he could have tuned instead, but we don't know. I highly doubt that it's against the law to run a red light if a ambulance is stuck behind you, even if it isn't an ideal situation. I don't think you can truly say YDI without seeing it....
Nice try. I'm in VA as well. Law says to get out of the way. Doesn't matter if you're at a red light, green light, stop sign, or in front of an alligator-infested pond. Now of course, if there's cross-traffic, that's different, but they're supposed to stop for the ambulance as well, which would make it safe for you to pull into the intersection.
challenge that shit in court
Bribe him with a doughnut. If that doesn't work, file a complaint.