Thursday, January 26, 2006

Red Lights!!!!

There is a reason that traffic lights go red. It is so that there will not be accidents at intersections. Last night on my way home from work, I had a car that wanted to test this idea of red lights. He decided that he wasn't worthy of stopping, so he didn't.

I had just left Andrews AFB and got on the Suitland Parkway. There was 1 car waaaay up in front of me and no one behind me. I was crusing about 50 mph in my Land Cruiser when I approached an intersection with 3 green lights facing me. There were cars all stopped at the light coming from the right side, but a car was moving toward the intersection from the left. I figured he would be stopping at his red light. But no, he thought it would be great to drive right on through in front of me.

Fortunately I saw him coming, but I wasn't able to slow down quite enough and I locked up the brakes accidentally. I was headed toward the rear half of his car, (I was in the right lane out of two lanes) so I cut the wheel to the left to avoid him. Well, the LC didn't like that and it decided to spin around and do about a 180 in the middle of the intersection. All I could say to myself was "please don't roll, please don't roll, please don't roll!!" He scared the living shit out of me!!! I am very lucky that no one was behind me. Why can't people just trust that red lights are there for a reason...

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