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Traffic Lights and Ignorant Drivers

Updated on July 5, 2009

I often wonder how many drivers have read and understood the Highway Code, a staple element of getting your driving licence in the UK. Every time I go out walking I see numerous violations, some petty but some which are damn right dangerous. But the one which gets me the most is ignorant drivers who don’t understand the traffic light system.

Okay, so firstly I will tell you that I walk with a stick and yes I am slightly slower than most people when walking. But even so part 207 of the Highway Code states “people with disabilities. People with hearing impairments may not be aware of your vehicle approaching. Those with walking difficulties require more time “. Now obviously some drivers have not read this as they seem to ignore the fact that I have walking difficulties and on a couple of occasions have clipped me with their wing mirrors in their haste to get on. Most often to catch up with the queue of traffic 100 metres up the road.

But the thing which gets to me the most is the ignorant drivers who basically ignore the rules on traffic lights. According to the Highway Code “RED means ‘Stop’. Wait behind the stop line on the carriageway” as does “RED AND AMBER also means ‘Stop’. Do not pass through or start until GREEN shows”. It’s the second one of these which most drivers fail to recognize.

I have lost count of the number of times that I have attempted to cross a road using traffic lights and not even got 3 quarters of the way across when the waiting car starts to pull off with me still in their sights. It doesn’t appear to matter that not only have I still got the right of way thanks to the flashing green man but also the fact that even once I have completed crossing the lights aimed at the drivers are still showing “RED AND AMBER”.

Yes I understand that at rush hour drivers are in a hurry get to work but rules are rules and it is even more stupid seeing that all the driver is doing is to catch up to the traffic jam 100 metres down the road. They wouldn’t be any later by waiting till they got the GREEN light as the traffic jam will still be there.

So all you drivers out there who think “RED and AMBER” means pull away from the traffic lights please take a look at your Highway Code.


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    • Debby Bruck profile image

      Debby Bruck 7 years ago

      Sounds like a problem in your area. Watch out!

    • fortunerep profile image

      fortunerep 8 years ago from North Carolina

      Sounds like a tough ordeal, people should really be more patient to all pedestrians, especially when they have a noticable disability. Nice Hub and welcome to Hubpages.


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      2patricias 8 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

      Even when the light is green you are not supposed to go if there are pedestrians on the crossing! But like Bristol Boy, when I wait (which I always do) impatient drivers sometimes beep at me or make rude gestures. I tend to wave in a flirty way or blow kisses.

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      BristolBoy 8 years ago from Bristol

      This is a very annoying thing for myself. Whether I am driving or walking others who do thsi really annoy me. I am a fit young man who moves quite quickly and so don't have many problems when walking myself. However, when driving I often have people beeping at me when I am waiting at the red/amber lights and yet they seem to expect me to move away.