Probably unable to read

anonymous_1756 Published:

As a former police officer from years ago, I know the law still exists when you come to a stop sign, you are still suppose to stop...completely. If you are making a right turn, the driver's manual says make the stop, then turn right. I know that hasn't changed because I stay up with the laws. People act like the stop signs aren't even there. I guess we need a policeman at every stop sign. I've seen vehicles approach the red-light, and going to turn right, but they don't even bother to slow down. They are avoiding the light if they don't stop while it is red. That's considered a violation. People try to "beat the light" before it changes. Well, here you go again. If you are in the intersection when the light turns red, and you proceed, you have ran a red-light. No excuses, folks. That's just the laws. I've been a cop too long to be told different. The yellow light on traffic lights indicates to clear the intersection. It's the light in the center. My conclusion is that, people who take advantage of the stop signs and red-lights do not have any, any respect for the law and they think they can get by with it. Well, your time's coming. I've caught many violators doing the same thing you're doing. I don't mind if you have to pay money out of your pocket because you violated the law.

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