Traffic laws are not optional | Letter

Motorists intentionally ignoring traffic signals and stop signs represents a dangerous trend.

When did the law change to make stopping at red lights and stop signs optional? I have been driving on Washington’s roads since 1960 and over the past several years I have observed motorists of all ages, genders and ethnicities increasingly treating red lights and stop signs as an inconvenience. This practice has become so commonplace that it seems to suggest a mindset that, “(I)t’s acceptable if I can make it through the intersection.”

The increasing proclivity of motorists to intentionally ignore traffic signals and stop signs, coupled with a complete disregard for their safety and that of their fellow motorists, represents a dangerous trend and one that suggests a “tolerance policy” on the part of law enforcement. I recognize that our dedicated law enforcement officers cannot be stationed at every intersection and with limited resources, must prioritize their efforts to focus on more serious matters. However, I have come to the conclusion that the only remedy for this complete and utter disregard for the law lies in deterrence through increased enforcement.

One morning, I witnessed a King County Metro bus driver run through a red light in Redmond while making a right turn, forcing the operator of a vehicle approaching from his left to brake to avoid a collision. I recognize that operators of public transit vehicles enjoy special considerations; however, failure to stop at a red light prior to taking a right turn on red shouldn’t be one of them. We should especially be able to expect our “professional” drivers to drive in a professional and responsible manner. (This is not the first instance I have observed of a King County Metro bus running a red light — only the most flagrant.) Running red lights to maintain a schedule just doesn’t cut it and should not be tolerated.

I have been reluctant to lay this in the lap of law enforcement; however, this was the last straw and prompted me to finally sit down and write this letter. Asking the motoring public politely to be more considerate will clearly have no effect.

Mike Main,

Kirkland

More in Letters to the Editor

Vote ‘yes’ to support public schools | Letter

Our children graduated in 2001, but we encourage our neighbors and community… Continue reading

Letters on EvergreenHealth measure | Letter

Vote yes on EverHealthy We’re writing to endorse EvergreenHealth’s proposed measure to… Continue reading

I-405’s litter problems | Letter

The litter along I-405 is horrible. What a disgrace to our state… Continue reading

In response to Juanita Park upgrades | Letter

As a long-time former Juanita resident, it is so great to see… Continue reading

Thank you neighbors | Letter

A good neighborly deed done. Thank you! A big heart THANK YOU… Continue reading

Vote NO on medical $345 million bond | Letter

Taxes are already too high. Including interest, the proposed $345 million bond… Continue reading

Parental rights and responsibilities | Letter

SB 5395 requires all public schools and school districts to implement a… Continue reading

Ban FGM | Letter

Our state legislature just failed to ban the barbaric procedure known as… Continue reading

Effectiveness of vaccines | Letter

On January 25, Governor Inslee declared a state-wide state of emergency due… Continue reading

Most Read