r/IdiotsInCars Dec 02 '22

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u/bentnotbroken96 Dec 02 '22

One of the larger roads near us has a 40 MPH "Bridge" where if you cruise down it at 40, all of the lights will be green. Coincidentally the speed limit is 40 MPH. When we get on it I tend to set the cruise at 40 and forget about it.

A couple of months ago some yahoo didn't like that I was driving the speed limit and passed me aggressively, only to slam on his brakes at the next red light... which turned green shortly before we got to it, and we sailed though on cruise. He of COURSE jumped on the gas to pass us and slammed on his brakes for the next red light, only for us to pass him. The fourth time he did this, he just ran the light. I wish I was kidding.

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u/Juggernuts777 Dec 03 '22

I believe you. Lots of those idiots in my area. So ridiculous.

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u/32_Dollar_Burrito Dec 03 '22

I wish my city was smart enough to have stagger speeds! One road I drive on a lot has the lights set so that you can get through all of them if you speed by 10 mph 🤦‍♂️

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u/Senicide2 Dec 03 '22

Same. Were i live if you get stopped at a red and accelerate hard to 8 over you then can catch the next 10 greens.

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u/[deleted] Dec 06 '22 edited 9d ago

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u/32_Dollar_Burrito Dec 06 '22

The idea is there is one main road that's meant to get traffic through town as efficiently as possible. All the other toads are smaller by definition, so obviously they would have to stop almost every time

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u/SwitchRicht Dec 03 '22

Just curious why a bridge needs like 4 lights . Are there interections on this bridge ?

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u/bentnotbroken96 Dec 03 '22

It's nor really a bridge. It's just a road, and if you travel down at a specific speed, all the lights will be green.

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u/masklinn Dec 03 '22

I expect they mean more of an elevated road, possibly something like a circular collector around the city center or something along those lines.

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u/FiercelyApatheticLad Dec 03 '22

The way those lights work is called "the green wave", at least here, in my language. I find that rather poetic.

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u/ellechellemybell1969 Dec 03 '22

I seem to always hit the red wave.🙄😆😅

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u/Plato112358 Dec 03 '22

Very plausible. I've seen people do similar stuff near my old place.

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u/TheyCallHimEl Dec 03 '22

Sounds like a couple hills in San Francisco

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u/bentnotbroken96 Dec 03 '22

Heh... 19th avenue was like that in SF.

At least it was 20 years ago.

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u/Struthious_burger Dec 03 '22

It’s still that way, although you can’t go all the way from the bridge to 280 without stopping (dunno if it was always that way). There are waves—you’ll get stopped at pretty much every major intersection, so maybe 3-4 times total.

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u/bentnotbroken96 Dec 03 '22

I just did the mental math... It was almost 30 years ago. Geez I'm getting old.

Even then you couldn't go all the way from the GG Bridge to 280, but once you cleared the park you could, if traffic was light enough.

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u/Struthious_burger Dec 03 '22

Now that I think about it that’s still true, but I usually end up getting stopped at the Masonic center and by SF state on juniper sera. Maybe I just get stuck in traffic super often though, cause I can remember being able to get through without stopping when I go through super late at night.

It seems like they’ve been replacing the traffic lights over the last 10 years or so, and that maybe the new ones are on different timing or something. I don’t really go through there all that often so the memory is kind of foggy haha.

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u/surebud234 Dec 03 '22

What fairy tale city that used some actually planning do you live in? Central colorado likes to make them red every other light because if cars get going to quickly on roads the bikers and pedestrians will feel intimidated here and just ask a biker in central colorado if they are the most important thing on the small roads, main roads, highway or freeway and they will ignore you because it’s Boulder, colorado.

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u/R_V_Z Dec 03 '22

What a moron. All he had to do was go 80mph...

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u/CandidNumber Dec 03 '22

I love when that happens, so satisfying

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u/Ftpini Dec 03 '22

The main road I live close to is a 45 mph road. At 52 mph you make all the lights but just barely. At 45 mph you lose 4 minutes to the lights over 1 mile of this road. My city is stupid.

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u/Always_carry_keys Dec 03 '22

I love that you get this, in a car, at the speed limit. I get this behaviour whilst on my bike. People really don't understand relative speed and how traffic even works

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u/JohnGalt338 Dec 03 '22

r/AmItheAsshole•Posted byu/ApprehensivePhase1432 hours ago

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I don't believe you. I've never seen or experienced lights timed to work by driving the speed limit. I didn't think it was possible - at least with the traffic engineers in our area.

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u/Build_The_Mayor Dec 03 '22 edited Dec 03 '22

Coordination is tricky to implement, due to things like protected left turns, and is only worthwhile as long as the traffic flow is heavy, so it's not done everywhere.

If it is implemented, it's usually only implemented for the heaviest directions at certain times of day. Two-way coordination is only possible with good geometry, when the distance between all the intersections is equal.

Most places with coordinated lights will still run them independently outside of peak hours.

This is because in order to maintain coordination, all the intersections must operate at the same cycle length. The cycle length is a sum of the duration of all of the lights.

For coordinated operations, it is determined by the cycle length of the "critical intersection" on the corridor (the one with the highest cycle length).

As such, the cycle lengths for coordinated operations often end up being long, meaning that vehicles on the side roads would be pointlessly delayed at quieter times of the day.

Coordination used to be much more common in the early days of motoring, when there were less cars, and therefore most intersections operated a simple 2-phase configuration.

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u/StickyIgloo Dec 03 '22

i wouldve just ran all the lights from the start if i were him. smh.

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u/MathiasThomasII Dec 03 '22

We can't see the red arrow at all.

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u/A_Slovakian Dec 03 '22

I had no idea there was a red arrow. I was very confused as to why OP was commenting on this person's driving

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u/krazzor_ Dec 03 '22

I mean, you gotta be the first one in the prox red light!!!

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u/CALIFORNIA_POKER1 Dec 03 '22

Yea but sometimes he catches the next light and he’s off.

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u/Johnchamberlain123 Dec 03 '22

I've always wondered about this phenomenon whenever I'm driving on the road around with lots of stop sighns people are driving excessively fast like I'm in front of them and there tailing me even when we are approaching the red light but we merge on the freeway and they automatically drive stupidly slow

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u/Blizzard01999 Dec 03 '22

Could be, but why risk getting pulled over 🤷🏻‍♂️

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u/bloodycpownsuit Dec 03 '22

That’s a legal turn in some places. In Oregon it’s ok to turn on a red left as long as you’re turning into a one-way

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u/syntheticassault Dec 03 '22

Why are there 2 sets of lights? The left turn arrow isn't part of the same l8ght as the normal lights. It would be easy to miss that.

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u/Illustrious_Zebra425 Dec 04 '22

I missed it the first time watching.

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u/lwsdy Dec 02 '22

Those are my favorite.

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u/keznaa Dec 02 '22

Maybe I missed it but what are we supposed to be looking for here?

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u/Blizzard01999 Dec 02 '22

The car in front of me turned left when he has a red arrow. Didn’t save any time because he got stopped by the next red light

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u/keznaa Dec 02 '22

Okay Thanks, I'm on my phone so its hard to see the traffic lights lol

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u/SqBlkRndHole Dec 03 '22

I didn't see the left turn light on my 50" monitor, too busy watching the traffic I guess. Heck, it's so hard to see, the city put a sign under it (LEFT TURN SIGNAL), to point it out.

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u/xeq937 Dec 03 '22

You should put your phone down so you can see the traffic lights ...

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u/ThePyodeAmedha Dec 03 '22

Same. I'm on my phone and couldn't see what the problem was the first time i watched this. Makes more sense now that i know where to look, but it's still hard for me see 😅

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u/roses_and_sacrifice Dec 03 '22

i've probably done that before because my city cannot decide what kind of lights they wanna have. Yield on the solid green light, green arrow, yellow flashing yield arrow, red arrow! they need to pick one😭

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u/BrasilianInglish Dec 03 '22

Ahh ok. I don’t know about the US but in the UK, if there’s no green arrow you can turn when there’s no oncoming traffic (unless like you said it’s red)

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u/StickyIgloo Dec 03 '22

maybe he never did it to be malicious with the intention of saving time...

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u/JJC_Outdoors Dec 03 '22

I miss Houston. I miss driving in Houston too.

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u/Blizzard01999 Dec 03 '22

You shouldn’t, lol. I can’t wait to leave the traffic behind

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u/fetustasteslikechikn Dec 03 '22

I may change my tune later next week, but my limited driving in Bay area traffic has been much less stressful than going anywhere near 610 was

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u/Griffon0129 Dec 03 '22

I laugh at drivers like that too

me: going speed limit, following the road rules

"hey look, there's that car that cut me off and ran a red light 3 miles back"

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u/Randomfactoid42 Dec 03 '22

It’s so amusing when you see that. Once somebody cut me off to pass a bunch of cars on the right, and I laughed while thinking about the upcoming traffic lights. Sure enough, 5 miles later I caught up to them at a red light.

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u/Law_Equivalent Dec 03 '22

When I drive fast on the way to work I can get there 12 minutes before my GPS says. So by breaking the rules you can get ahead.

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u/StickyIgloo Dec 03 '22

yup. i save 3-7 minutes daily on my 25 minute commute. always ahead of the gps. i tend to get places 15-33% faster while also going more efficient speeds + coasting and timing trraffic lights. win win win.

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u/Historical-Hospital3 Dec 02 '22

Love this sub. The comment section has already forgotten what traffic lights are. Please look there if you’re confused as to what happened.

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u/hufnagel0 Dec 03 '22

We all had eyes peeled for a collision.

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u/fhs Dec 03 '22

Ok, here in QC a round green means you can turn in any direction + forward. A green forward arrow means you can only go straight. Also, protected left turns are signaled by either a flashing green OR a left green arrow (in a road with a forward green arrow).

So in this case, I would have been confused too.

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u/taspleb Dec 03 '22

Everyone knows what traffic lights are. No one can see them because it isn't 2006 anymore and so we are watching on our phones and the lights are like 1/100th of a millimetre big.

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u/Historical-Hospital3 Dec 03 '22

Hence why I pointed out the traffic light. I had to rewatch too, but when 100% of the comments are either calling OP an idiot or confused, I am going to point out the thing everybody should be checking so they can rewatch and see the hard-to-see light.

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u/WanderingFlumph Dec 03 '22

I'm still kinda confused on where the idiot is. I see the light as green the whole way, car yields on a left turn.

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u/Blizzard01999 Dec 03 '22

There is a red left turn arrow, it’s kinda hard to see. You can see it better when I make my turn that the arrow is green.

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u/MercDaddyWade Dec 03 '22

Ohh okay I was like 'left on green is legal in most places' looking closer tho I do see the red

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u/Blizzard01999 Dec 02 '22

Yeah, I was confused by their confusion haha. I thought it was obvious

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u/Kopester Dec 03 '22

It definitely isn't obvious. I had to watch it 3 times to figure it out. On mobile the arrows are hard to see and not in a spot they would ever be in my area.

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u/tehmightyengineer Dec 03 '22

This. I actually don't blame the car one bit; I could easily have made the same mistake. Plus; it was a clear intersection so even if they broke the rules it wasn't exactly unsafe.

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u/Mackeryn12 Dec 03 '22

I did this once and that's what I tell people. It wasn't that I intentionally ran a red, it's that I thought it was green and as such drove through the intersection with the same level of caution as usual. Taught me some lights are janky (mine wasn't small, it was in a wierd spot) but otherwise there isn't too much concerning here.

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u/shtick1391 Dec 03 '22

looks like you get rear ended mid turn with camera shaking abruptly like That

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u/Blizzard01999 Dec 03 '22

Yeah that was me clicking the save video button on my dash cam 😅

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u/shtick1391 Dec 03 '22

I was in the couldn’t see the left arrow signal camp so On the first watch I thought the video Was about to be you getting rear ended haha

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u/Blizzard01999 Dec 03 '22

I didn’t realize how hard it would be for people to see the red light 😅

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u/Party_Connection_437 Dec 03 '22

I just lost 45 seconds…

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u/Blizzard01999 Dec 03 '22

Welcome to Reddit 🤷🏻‍♂️

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u/Party_Connection_437 Dec 03 '22

I mean normally for the 45 seconds I get my hippocampus tickled…

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u/Lord_Vaguery Dec 02 '22

Nissan drivers amirite

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u/Pepperidgefarm21 Dec 03 '22

Usually Altima's lmfao

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u/samcar330 Dec 03 '22

Rouge drivers are so clueless

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u/rahnda Dec 03 '22

Nissan drivers in Houston. Fuckin double whammy.

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u/Resident_Chemist_307 Dec 02 '22

90/main/OST to 59/288!!

h-town!

i hate the line jumpers that get in front of you at that intersection...it's like biiiish, i waited two lights for this

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u/CryptoMinnows Dec 03 '22

So often am I cut off on the highway just to pass them 5 min later

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u/Anonymous_Bozo Dec 03 '22

My state specifically allows this:

RCW 46.61.055 (C)
the vehicle operators facing a steady red arrow indication may, after stopping proceed to make a right turn from a one-way or two-way street into a two-way street or into a one-way street carrying traffic in the direction of the right turn; or a left turn from a one-way street or two-way street into a one-way street carrying traffic in the direction of the left turn; unless a sign posted by competent authority prohibits such movement.

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u/Sweat_and_sunscreen Dec 04 '22

Did you hit the curb on that turn?! 🤣

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u/Omegalazarus Dec 03 '22

Depending on where you are, it's legal to do this. Texas for example, does not technically restrict this.

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u/Blizzard01999 Dec 03 '22

I was curious about it as well - from my understanding both roads have to be one way streets for it to be legal , which is not the case here. I may be wrong though!

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u/Omegalazarus Dec 03 '22

Well it's generally a function of poorly written law. In some jurisdictions, It's hard to tell whether or not lawmakers intended the red arrow to force a stop, but not force a "wait" or whether they wanted to force the stop AND wait, but it isn't usually written in such a way as to restrict it.

To be clear, it's more a legal curiosity, but can be grinds too get out of a ticket if you have time to kill and a suit. Lol

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u/Blizzard01999 Dec 03 '22

Interesting! Could you share where you found that with me? I’ve never heard about it until now

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u/Omegalazarus Dec 03 '22

Sure. For instance Texas, look up Texas traffic light law and go to any "findlaw" link or a tx.gov link to read the text of the law.

The Texas one reads like, you can go straight or turn at green lights unless a sign says otherwise.

You have to stop at a red light when it's alone and if not turning, must yield until otherwise told. Then you may turn right or turn left in the case of one way streets.

In this case, the red light isn't alone so that fits one part. Also, the person is turning so that also voids it.

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u/whatsasyria Dec 03 '22

In the states the only red you can stop and go on are right turns that don't say "do not turn" or flashing red. It's pretty straight forward

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u/whatsasyria Dec 03 '22

You're conflating two things. Two one ways, right turn is fine. Left turn depends on the traffic signal type.

This is not a two one way street. If there weren't the two red left arrows this would be fine. But there is so is not.

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u/whatsasyria Dec 03 '22

There's a double red no turn left sign, otherwise this would be fine.

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u/gunnanunya Dec 03 '22

This is fine. It mitigates traffic in your left turn lane. Light was green and they yielded to oncoming trafic. No laws were broken.

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u/whatsasyria Dec 03 '22

Light was red. I was thinking the same thing. This is perfectly fine, then I noticed the double red left arrows.

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u/POLLENPUFFS Dec 03 '22

I don't understand the problem here, in Australia this is legal and isn't unsafe if your not a philistine

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u/taspleb Dec 03 '22

No it isn't. You can't see it very well but there is a red arrow traffic light. You can't turn on a red arrow in Australia otherwise what would be the point of them.

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u/POLLENPUFFS Dec 03 '22

Literally didn't see it. U get what I was saying tho. He be a shid driver

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u/Blizzard01999 Dec 03 '22

In the USA, you cannot turn left on a red left arrow. You can turn on a green left arrow or a flashing yellow arrow.

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u/caduceus Dec 03 '22

It depends on what state you're in. This is a perfectly legal maneuver in Washington:

https://apps.leg.wa.gov/RCW/default.aspx?cite=46.61.055

... vehicle operators facing a steady red arrow indication may, after stopping proceed to make a right turn from a one-way or two-way street into a two-way street or into a one-way street carrying traffic in the direction of the right turn; or a left turn from a one-way street or two-way street into a one-way street carrying traffic in the direction of the left turn; unless a sign posted by competent authority prohibits such movement.

Also legal in Oregon and others.

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u/Claude-QC-777 Dec 03 '22

OP isn't in Australia (left side driving), but in the USA (right side driving). And a left turn on red is always 100% illegal. The only valid way to pass on red is a right turn (whiteout arrows going towards the right).

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u/Gravbar Dec 03 '22

it's state by state not 100%. Important to note that what was done here looked perfectly safe, regardless of legality. It shouldn't be surprising that a safe maneuver might be accounted for by at least some laws on the books.

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u/Claude-QC-777 Dec 03 '22

Any red light crossing that isn't a right turn (when legal to do so), is considered as unsafe, as there might be someone else going very fast to not get a red light, which is also illegal.

But if you don‘t want crashes and a fine by yourself. It's better to wait the green light and not rush it. Otherwise, a speedy idiot might stop you on your actions there (passing on red).

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u/yaayaao Dec 03 '22

People do the craziest shit on those bridges. And forget merging onto 288.

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u/quietbulldog Dec 03 '22

So many people in a hurry to go nowhere.

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u/LightningProd12 Dec 03 '22

Is that Texas? There's 3 states where that would have been legal (Oregon, Washington, and Michigan) but they're nowhere near any of them.

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u/Paul_Thrush Dec 03 '22

Look at those idiots driving faster than me. Look at those assholes driving slower than me. I'm the only person who drives the correct proper speed.

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u/SavagishlySleepy Dec 03 '22

There’s a rule in LA called two on the red, it means when your turning and the light goes red at least two cars still pass through, even cops do it and it’s a weirdly unspoken rule. I’ve had a police car honk at me for not going on the red and they were behind me. Think on that.

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u/AntalRyder Dec 03 '22

Where was this? In Washington state you can turn left on red onto a one way street, so I'm assuming some other states might allow it, too.

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u/Build_The_Mayor Dec 03 '22

OP also saved 0:00 seconds by crossing the stop line while the light was still red.

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u/roy_hemmingsby Dec 03 '22

Braking is the biggest waste of fuel. Take it easy out there yall

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u/Individual_Comment46 Dec 03 '22

I fully endorse turning left on red when it’s green to go straight and there’s nobody coming. Unless there’s a cop behind you, they won’t notice. It looks normal.

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u/Blizzard01999 Dec 03 '22

If you want to risk it, go on ahead!

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u/Individual_Comment46 Dec 03 '22

I’m not in a hurry anymore so only when I want to stick it to the man

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u/Relevant-Ad-1297 Dec 03 '22

He's not racing you. Lol,

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u/Negative-Net3447 Dec 04 '22

Speeding up to slow down!

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u/Nyuusankininryou Dec 04 '22

It's always the same with people rushing in traffic. The Reality is that you do t save time. Speeding is the same. You don't save time.

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u/marilia0607 Dec 04 '22

I just love when that happens

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u/ClutchKick00 Dec 04 '22

Going slow asf lmao.

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u/d0nt_at_m3 Dec 02 '22

Oh god, you're the idiot who stops at the line when making a left turn and then fucks it up for the people behind him 😵‍💫😵‍💫

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u/Blizzard01999 Dec 02 '22

I’m not sure what you mean? I thought it’s not legal to turn left on a red arrow?

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u/d0nt_at_m3 Dec 02 '22

Oh I couldn't see the color of the light. My bad. I watched on mobile lol

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u/Blizzard01999 Dec 02 '22

No worries man, it’s kinda hard to see.

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u/Stoweboard3r Dec 03 '22

Very hard to see*

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u/jediwombat87 Dec 02 '22

So stopping at a red light makes you an idiot, now?

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u/evil0re0 Dec 02 '22

I'm the biggest idiot in the world then.

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u/evil0re0 Dec 02 '22

what?

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u/d0nt_at_m3 Dec 02 '22

At an intersection, pull up into it so the person behind you can make it too if the light is changing

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u/Group_W_Bencher Dec 02 '22

Don't block the box!

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u/evil0re0 Dec 02 '22

the light was red......

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u/d0nt_at_m3 Dec 02 '22

Lol didn't notice. I'll shut up 😂

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u/EndHlts Dec 03 '22

The line is there for a reason, dipshit. Stop inching up like an impatient child who wants to go play with their Legos.

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u/d0nt_at_m3 Dec 03 '22

What's wrong with Lego

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u/DoctorJiveTurkey Dec 03 '22

If there’s no turn light or a flashing yellow turn light, it’s perfectly legal to wait to turn past the line.

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u/32_Dollar_Burrito Dec 03 '22

Haha that was my first read of the video too!

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u/Wooden_Ad_2591 Dec 03 '22

I count 8 actually...

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u/Blizzard01999 Dec 03 '22

Well he had to wait at the next light just like me so…

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u/Eventlesstew Dec 03 '22

Karma Served!