Can I run that red light?
June 30, 2005 8:34 AM Subscribe
Can I proceed through a red light when it is clearly not possible
for traffic to be coming from the opposing direction?
posted by mike9322 to law & government (25 answers total)
I am a contractor working on a large naval base. Through some logic that my non-military mind cannot apparently fathom, the most heavily trafficked gate has been closed lately at lunch time. When I return from lunch, rather than continuing straight across an intersection into the main gate, I have to turn left and enter another gate. The left turn signal is painfully short; however, the green "straight" lights remain lit for quite some time. Since it is impossible for traffic to be coming from the other direction (the gate is closed - IMPOSING IRON GATES and all), is it okay for me to turn left even with a red left turn arrow?
My logical mind is telling me this is a stupid question, but we all know that the law and a traffic cop's interpretation of it may not exactly be "logical". I find myself looking around to make sure there are no cops before proceeding.