I'm curious. Are there illegal, but acceptable, practices in your neck of the woods?
Here's the thing, while stopped at a traffic light a month or so ago, I watched a person in the lane to my right (kitty corner to me) who was waiting for his left turn arrow to turn green just give up waiting and turn left on red. I was like, "Whoa, he totally ran a red light." I chalked it up to an impatient driver and moved on. Then, about two weeks ago, while walking my dog, I watched four cars do the same thing... They all just drove right through a left red arrow -- one right after the other. So I asked my honey about it and he said, "Yeah, they do that here." I've traveled a lot through the U.S. of A. and I've never
seen that before. It got me thinking...
On the East Coast, and especially in the South where much of it is rural, it's no big thing to walk across the street any ol' where and against the light, but where I grew up (Northern Cali), we crossed at the light and when the light was green because jaywalking
is a thing. I remember a friend of mine from the East Coast getting pissed for getting fined for jaywalking while in CA. I've seen people on the West Coast, esp. in the Pacific North West, wait in the rain on a deserted corner for the light to change so they can cross the road. Heck, I've
waited in the rain on a deserted corner for the light to change... It's just how I was taught. But I've lived in the South for too long, I'll cross the street on red now.
I think that walking against the light or in the middle of the street is technically illegal in the South (the code for MS
just mentions crossing at intersections, but Virginia
specifically mentions pedestrians entering the street with disregard to traffic), but it's accepted. Just as I'm pretty sure that turning left against a red arrow is illegal here, but it seems to be acceptable to do so (my guy says he's gotten honked at for *not* turning on red). So my question is, are there practices (I'm thinking traffic-wise, but I'll take others) in your area that are not legal per se, but are acceptable? I'm not talking about things like American Blue Laws
, but real, enforceable laws that people in your area just chose to ignore.