The dangers are many, and the damage can be extensive.
Consider an intersection on a busy roadway where there is excessive
pedestrian and motor vehicle traffic – pedestrians and other drivers
rely on red lights to proceed safely. If you run that red light,
you have just victimized the many people that have entered the
intersection with a false sense of security.
The likely impact when you run a red light will be something called a
‘t-bone’ impact. This means that the front end of one motor
vehicle directly hits either the driver’s or passenger’s side door in
its entirety. If a driver enters an intersection under the
assumption that traffic has stopped in other directions, they have not
even braced themselves for the pending ‘t-bone’ impact. This
increases their chances of sustaining serious injury.
Additionally, pedestrians enter intersections often based solely on the
security of the red light. You will find that most pedestrians do
not ‘look both ways’ once a light turns red, so they are relying on you
to obey the traffic signals. As a driver, it is advisable to slow
down when approaching any intersection for this reason and to avoid an
accident with another driver who might inadvertently run a red light in
Proceed with caution at all busy intersections and never, ever speed up
at an intersection to try to beat a red light. The deliberate
running of red lights is a serious and all-too-common
If the traffic light at an intersection is not working properly, the
driver on the left must yield to the driver on the right.