I guess I’m the only writer willing to support Sarri Gilman’s rolling stop. She didn’t go through the stop light without stopping! Her crime was to sit at the stop light too short a time! What the politicians aren’t telling us, the drivers, is that you have to sit at the red light for three full seconds to avoid getting a ticket.
We used to call her “rolling stop” a “California stop” when I was a kid but no matter what it’s called … she did not go through the light without stopping. I too have driven (longer than she) for decades without a single driving infraction on my record and I, too, would be irritated as heck to get a ticket for not stopping long enough at a red light camera in Lynnwood.
And honestly, I, too, choose whenever possible to avoid shopping in areas with those stop light cameras! It’s my choice where I spend my money and I’ve made the choice to shop where I don’t have to worry about someone babysitting how long I sit at a stop light.
So here’s the scoop. Please, everyone, remember to sit at the red stop light for three full seconds to avoid getting those dreaded tickets in the mail. Once this cash cow has dried up, maybe the cameras will be removed once and for all.
Shame on the cities for installing these cameras to fill budget holes. Don’t they have anything more critical to worry about right now? Guess not.
Remember, to stop and count “one thousand, two thousand, three thousand” slowly to avoid getting a surprise in the mail next week!