S1E4 - Red lights: Why Don’t They Last a Bit Longer?
When I’m driving and hit a red light, or a yellow that turns red, it becomes a waiting game. Is it like that for you? If only this daily occurrence could be a reset button for drivers, a calm breather that gets us ready to focus on the road for however much longer. 1, 2, 3, ahhhhh. Instead, people around me constantly inch forward, itching for that chance to go so they can be 2 seconds ahead until the next light. One day about a year ago I saw someone like that get t-boned in an intersection in San Jose because someone else ran the red light we were waiting for the other people to get. I got a lot more cautious at intersections after that and started wondering, why can’t the light which is about to turn green just stay red for a few more seconds? Well, duh. It’s not us, it’s them, obviously. The technology that would make this possible is definitely there, but we of the “I need instant gratification for happiness” world aren’t ready. Like, we’re way past dial-up internet so lights need to change immediately for us when the other direction is finished with its turn. We learned to share in kindergarten, and that’s where it stopped. But I wait anyway, especially when the other cars don’t seem to be slowing down. Honk all you want behind me, just don’t kill me. I’ll be as safe as I was trying for, and guess what? I won’t think you’re that cool. Since I know you care.