Do you stop at Traffic Light at Mid-Night When it Turns Red?

@cheongyc (5075)
Malaysia
May 30, 2007 5:05pm CST
One night I was on my way home after a late night network game (Dota) session with my friends. The traffic light turns Red when I was about to reach the junction. I was feeling extremely sleepy at that time (4 am) and I almost dozed off while waiting the light to turn green. The road was deserted and dark. And I heard cases where people got robbed when they stopped at traffic during odd hour. But luckily I regain consiousness after a short dozing in my car and reach home safely. So, will you cross the junction if you are seeing red light during mid-night in a deserted area?
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12 responses
@lkbooi (16102)
• Malaysia
31 May 07
The traffic light is quite useful in my place during daytime bcoz of the traffic congestion before and after office hour. When come to night time especially the deep night you could hardly find any vehicles on the road. So robber used to take this opportunity to hunt for his victim in certain deserted and dark junction. He even breaks into your locked car by smashing your window glass. I think I’ll not stop at such junction when traffic light turn red of course I’ll make sure there is no car crossing. I think it’s better to switch off the traffic light for several hours during mid-night so as to avoid robbery.
@cheongyc (5075)
• Malaysia
4 Jun 07
That's right. Our own safety is top priority. Stopping at the traffic light for too long is not wise. In our country, we have the right to refuse to stop or get down even we are stopped by police when we feel it's not safe. It's because there had been too many cases of fake police. These criminals disguise as police and stopped the cars or motorists and robbed them.
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@lkbooi (16102)
• Malaysia
6 Jun 07
I wonder is it proper for a woman who rides alone to stop at a deserted junction when traffic light turns red during deep night. Should she be given a privilege not to stop as considering the situation mentioned.
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@cheongyc (5075)
• Malaysia
8 Jun 07
Sure, I think for the sake of her own safety (if she value her safety more than her own life) then she shouldn't endanger herself by stopping too long alone in the dark. Law should be followed, but it depends on the situation. Protecting our own life should be the mandate of surviving. For me, I would rather paying the summon/compound rather than endangering my own life. Although given the right of crossing the traffic light, she still need to be aware of any crossing traffic though LOL.
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@howard96h (11665)
• New York, New York
9 Mar 08
If I was stopped at a red light in a bad area I would wait for the green light but I will be prepared to go through the red light if someone approaches my vehicle. You have to always be ready.
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@cheongyc (5075)
• Malaysia
9 Mar 08
I am glad that you are having awareness of your own safty. It's really risky to stop at the traffic light in a dark and deserted area, especially when seeing some suspicious strangers approaching. Thanks for sharing your views.
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@williamjisir (22909)
• China
28 Feb 08
Hello dear cheongyc. If I were in your case, I would also drive on without having to wait for the light to turn into green since that is a deserted junction of the part of the city. But I would still have a look around to see if there were some cars coming back and forth so there was no danger for me to drive on. I would rather stay far away from the robbers than stay there waiting if it were safe for me to ride forward. There is one thing that I am thinking about your situation then. Was there a hidden camera there to take photos of those who broke the traffic rule? If yes, I guess that you would have been fined for breaking the rule. If not, then you were lucky. Why do I say so? It is because right now there are more and more hidden camera installed in the place where the lights are installed in most of the cities in China to make sure that drivers keep the traffic rule. Stay safe and keep the rule while driving, my dear friend.
@cheongyc (5075)
• Malaysia
29 Feb 08
Great that you could understand the situation here. I found that a lot of respondents doesn't get my point. It might be due to their good security in their neighbourhood so they don't have the sense of danger. Of course I do not encourage to rush through the traffic light, but just a brief stop will do to see if there is any oncoming traffic. Regarding the camera, I am pretty familiar with all the traffic light here so I know which one has a camera installed LoL. Besides, I think the security for area with camera installed on the traffic is better so, it's ok to stop longer. But we should be always aleart and keep our car door locked.
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• Malaysia
24 Feb 08
ya i stopped at them. I've only went trought it a few times no because it is too late or anything, but it is the local technology that only turn green that senses cars. I was riding my motorcycle at that time. It never turn green because it not a CAR. Funny right...
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@cheongyc (5075)
• Malaysia
25 Feb 08
That's really funny. I thought motor bike's weight will trigger the sensor as well. But I am still not sure, because I haven't really ride on a motor bike yet on the road. I did ride in the house compound or 2 streets away from my house, but not at the traffic light. But I think most of the traffic lights in our country are not properly set-up, due to either ignorance or laziness (which one I am not sure...lol)... I hope they will realize the importance of setting the sensor and timer system properly, so that we do not need to waste our time and gasoline while waiting for no car at the traffic light. Besides, it would be safer not to stop too long especially when it was late in the night! Thanks for your response!
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• Malaysia
9 Mar 08
As a good citizen guess we suppo.se to gradually stop whenever seeing the traffice light turns yellow, no matter what time it is... ha...ha...On anothr hand thought we are having those traffice lights equipped with sensors nowadays? Especially in the deserted areas after midnight, where the traffice lights will automatically turn green when "senses" no vehicles from the other directions. However,if we are so unfortunate to stay at areas with only the "senseless" traffic lights, guess I'll do the same when friving after late night - to slow down a bit when reaching the traffic light, at the same time looking aroung to see if there are other vehicles coming from other directions. If none, I'll just "zoom..." head on! This is also to prevent being marked as aother tragedic victim. That is of course when I was driving awake and not sleepy or drawsy... ha...ha...
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@cheongyc (5075)
• Malaysia
9 Mar 08
If the situation doesn't jeopardize our safety, we should always be good citizen. But the security in the neighbourhood is deteriorating and it's no longer safe to stay alone outside. In our country, after all these years of observation, almost all of the traffic lights are equipped with sensors. But unfortunately, they are not activated. I am not sure why, it could be due to the person purposely do not want to activate the sensor or they don't know how to set it up. To me, it's really ridiculous, because after spending so much money for the traffic light sensor, they are not fully utilizing them for our good. Thanks for sharing your point of view shanny_117.
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• Malaysia
12 Aug 07
I am very sure I will stap at the traffic light at mid night when it turns red because I don't want to violate the traffic rules even at the mid night. But I will keep all my car doors locked. If there is any suspected people approaching my car then I will not waiting untill the traffic light turns green.
@cheongyc (5075)
• Malaysia
13 Aug 07
You are a good citizen as well as a good driver. Besides, you are a person with caution. Thanks for your response.
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@howard96h (11665)
• New York, New York
31 May 07
If it's in a bad area I would stop at the red light and wait but as I'm waiting if I see someone coming to approach my car I would use caution and go through it.
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@cheongyc (5075)
• Malaysia
4 Jun 07
Great, you are a cautious person. I doube they could hardly get on you :) But, usually the victims are ladies who drive alone in the night. I think the traffic should be turned off during mid-night (in our area, it become flashing orange light) especially in area with high crime rate. This is to avoid people who follow the traffic being victimized by the muggers.
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@happymom1 (1179)
• United States
31 May 07
My husband always obeying that becaue he wants to set example to me. I did not drive yet but i am learning. I think we should obey the rules of the traffic to avoid accidents.
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@cheongyc (5075)
• Malaysia
4 Jun 07
Agreed, we should not violate the law. Enjoy the fun of driving :) So for your case, if you happen to be in area which is not so safe, avoid driving alone in the night. We won't know the criminals are stalking out there. Thanks for your response!
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@dopey22girl (3327)
• United States
30 May 07
Yes you have to stop! Just because it is late doesn't mean anything. You always have to stop. You could kill someone. And if you are that tired that you fall asleep at the stop light, then you shouldn't be driving.
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@cheongyc (5075)
• Malaysia
4 Jun 07
Agreed. I won't run the red light unless I am compelled to. In some area it's safe for us to stop, but not some others. The mugger could smash the windows and grab us right out of the car. There are even cases of falsified car accident. The muggers bang the rear side of the car and when rob the driver when he get down for negotiation. Therefore, I think the traffic light should be turned off during night time.
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• United States
30 May 07
No, I would not run a red light, even if I was the only one around. I always drive with my doors locked. If someone did try to rob me I would def. run it to get away. But other than that I would wiat patiently for it to change. I know it wouldnt take long.
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@cheongyc (5075)
• Malaysia
4 Jun 07
You are having a good ethic in driving. We all know running the red light is against the law, but in some dangerous area, it's unwise to stop for too long. It's ok to stop, but need to be wary and stay alert. The mugger could smash the windows too if the door is locked.
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@drannhh (15003)
• United States
1 Jul 07
When I was a teenage girl there was a time when I went to my job every night while still going to high school in the day. After keeping this up for several months , I got very tired and one time on the way home from work (about 3 am), I pulled very carefully up to a red light and stopped, looked both ways, and as there was no traffic from either side, I drove on. Half a block later, I realized two things: 1) That was a stop light, not a stop sign, and 2) there was a police car behind me! Well! I had to get home and get some sleep and not be late for school in the morning, so I took a chance. I turned the car lights off and turned at the next street and then another, and mid-block pulled into someone's driveway behind a hedge, and kept my head down. I was very lucky because the police car went slowly up and down the nearby streets for a little while but then gave up and drove away. I did not mean to go through the stop light while it was red, but when one is tired it is possible to do very stupid things. After that I quit the job because if I had been caught it would have cost all the money I earned from that job just to pay the traffic ticket, and I probably would have lost my license to drive and then would have had to quit the job anyway. As they say on TV, "Do not try this at home!" I would not recommend anyone else to try this! It is just that once a very long time ago when it was very late and I was very tired, this did happen to me.
@cheongyc (5075)
• Malaysia
3 Jul 07
A very interesting sharing and smart narrow escape, indeed! Just wonder, the police should have seen your plate number and they could still issue the summon to your home address right? I am not sure how the compound system works in your country, just curious :) Btw, thanks for the excellent response and appreciate it!
@drannhh (15003)
• United States
4 Jul 07
The night was very dark out in the country with no street lights, but for weeks afterwards I still expected every day to get busted. Although the officer was several blocks away when I cruised through the stoplight, I thought if he couldn't read my my plates, he surely would have recognized the car and known whose it was. It was a small town where everyone knew everyone else's business, so it is unlikely, but possible that the officer just decided to look the other way. I'll never know!
@cheongyc (5075)
• Malaysia
4 Jul 07
I see. You are very lucky then :). It could also possible that the cop purposely let you go. It's not a serious crime though.
• United States
1 Jun 07
hello there..well when i was younger i neevr did..i breezed right threw them..then one night we were out and i did it and ig ot so busted! Nice little ticket to remeber it by lol..so now i always stop..no matter what..ya never know when those sneakies are hiding somewhere! lol
@cheongyc (5075)
• Malaysia
4 Jun 07
LoL, that's an experience for sure! I had been through it too :) But if we are in an area which is well taken care of by the cops, then it's definitely safe for us to stop at red light during small hours in the morning. Thanks for your response btw!
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