The recent discussion about camera red-light violations overlooks a related and perhaps more dangerous problem.
We’ve all been guilty (I know I have been) of floorboarding the gas pedal when we see a yellow signal.
On a typical day as I walk across the intersection of University Drive, Camp Bowie Boulevard and West Seventh Street (Fort Worth’s busiest and most dangerous intersection), I hear and see the loud rev of a Fort Worth ISD school bus trying to beat yellow before it turns red, or the No. 2 city bus lumbering through, the driver urging the natural-gas-powered bomb to beat the red light.
A husband causes his wife’s coffee to drench her clothes as he stomps on the gas. A kids-loaded car pool streaks into the intersection. And about every third driver, while texting, is caught by red at the halfway point.
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I sometimes wonder what a radar gun would record as the average speed on yellow.
Weren’t we taught in driver’s ed to slow down on yellow?
I think we need to keep reminding ourselves of this important and life-saving rule.
— Dennis Meals, Fort Worth