I used to love to play stoplight when I was younger. The basic point of the game was to get as close to the leader as possible when their back was turned. But, if they saw you moving when they turned around, you were out of the game. Last week, the Kansas City metro area put its own spin on this super fun game. They put up their first red light camera to catch people who decide that a red light really does mean FLOOR IT.
Now, I know what you are thinking. “Wow Adam, my town has had those for 5 years! Shoot, we’ve only had running water for 10!” Yes, they are a bit behind on this. In Phoenix where my in-laws live (and in 5 short months where I will live), not only do they have cameras at nearly every major intersection, they also have cameras on the highways that automatically catch you speeding! I think the ticket for either is around $200. Ouch.
I think that these are a great idea. As a runner who runs through a lot of pretty major intersections, I appreciate any and all efforts to get people to abide by the rules. I have nearly been hit multiple times (twice with my hands on the hood of the car as they came screeching to a halt) so if we could get people to start stopping at those that would be just greaaaat. My knees would thank you.
The ridiculous thing is that not only were people against these cameras, but the city is making the first month’s worth of tickets “warnings”! WTF? Now, I am no Ricky Rule Breaker, but even I was yelling at the TV at the stupidity of the people who wouldn’t want those. I mean, you are breaking the law! They are just putting up cameras to catch you!? I understand why you wouldn’t want it personally, but what could these people’s argument have been?
Ricky Rule Breaker: I don’t want the red light cameras!
Ricky Rule Breaker: Because! Duh! Waaaaaaaaaaaa!!! I have things to do! Waaaaaaa!!!
City: What if we made the first month's tickets warnings. Even though we know that you are breaking the law and we have photo proof.
Ricky Rule Breaker: Waaaaaaaaaa, deal.