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    Lately, I have been having lots of bad luck at a certain busy intersection when turning left going back home from work/class. Let me give you a basic rundown of what basically happens to illustrate my repetitive misfortune:
    -As I approach the intersection, I enter the left turn lane.
    -If/when the light is green, I pull a bit forward, just barley passing the pedestrian crosswalk and wait.
    -The intersection is ALWAYS very busy so there is seldom an opportunity where I can turn left while the light is still green.
    -So I almost always have to wait for the light to turn yellow to turn left BUT here is where the problem always happens.
    -So the light turns yellow, and traffic is still moving on the opposite side. I can see that some vehicles have starting to slow down, but some always run the yellow light (and Im not just talking about little sedans, Im talking big-rigs passing the yellow). Sometimes I cannot even tell if they are going to pass the yellow or slow down and stop, and I dont want to risk it turning left and having them collide into my car while thinking that they were going to stop. So I end up waiting literally milliseconds before the light turns red (when all vehicles have stopped on the opposite side), and then I turn left. So if you see me turning left from afar, the light actually turns red when I am 1/4 or 1/5 of the way through the turn, which I guess is subject for a citation

    This happens every time I turn left at that intersection, and I am thinking about taking a different route to avoid it from now on
    Does this happen to any of you? Do you guys have any tips that could help me avoid this problem?

    Driving sucks!!!
    -Joel from Southern California


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    You are allowed to clear the intersection even if the light goes red. So what you do is after the light turns yellow pull up so your blocking the intersection. If the cars don't slow down by yellow and go through wait until it is clear and you have the right away to turn left. You will not get cited for that.
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    Correct Outsiders. ( I just had to take driving class for a speeding ticket i got while taking my wife to the ER.. and we cleared this subject) Red light running is when you cross the intersection (described as intersection corner to intersection corner.. not the lines) If your vehicle is past that line when the light goes red, you're in the right. WAIT till everthing is clear. Then make your turn. If the traffic going the other way comes and you are still sitting out there.. They have to wait for you to clear the intersection. Take your time. Wait till it is safe. And enjoy driving!!! (I do, a favorite past time!!)
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    I hate this too! I just moved and everyone in Kansas City seems just keeps driving through yellow and red lights. Everyone turning left just has to wait even longer, thus delaying the oncoming traffic... It's very annoying.

    You don't have to worry about a citation. If an officer does see you make that turn through the red light most likely they would have seen the other people running through the solid yellow/red lights and go after them and not you who was sitting at the intersection during the green, yellow, and red light... patiently waiting your turn I might add.

    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (adnedarn @ Jan. 04 2007,7:24)]( I just had to take driving class for a speeding ticket i got while taking my wife to the ER.. and we cleared this subject)
    You wern't able to get the ticket revoked?


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    Quote[/b] (joossa @ Jan. 04 2007,7:03)]Lately, I have been having lots of bad luck...
    If it wasn't for bad luck I would have no luck at all.

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    Okey-dokey, good to hear! In fact, this just made my day!!!
    Guess it's time to review my state's driver handbook, though (it has been a while..)
    -Joel from Southern California


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    You could also call your local police department and ask them the same thing to see what they say. Then, if you do get a ticket when you go to court you can say you called the police station and they told you X, Y, and Z. It's always nice to have a little leverage. Who knows, maybe they will start looking for it and targeting those people. I have started honking my horn once it turns yellow at any person that comes through, just to draw attention to their carlessness and wrecklessness.

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    *yay* drivings fun...

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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (xvart @ Jan. 04 2007,7:05)]
    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (adnedarn @ Jan. 04 2007,7:24)]( I just had to take driving class for a speeding ticket i got while taking my wife to the ER.. and we cleared this subject)
    You wern't able to get the ticket revoked?
    Nope, speeding is speeding. The part I liked best is that he sat there lecturing me on how we could be dead now instead of going to the hospital. yah, nice. He actually turned his lights on as I pulled into the hospital. So, there I sat getting a speeding ticket. Turned out she had to have he gull bladder removed. 3:30 AM down a 4 lane dead road going to the hospital... I would think that'd be okay. I was cited for 58 in a 45.
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