08 February 2010

Traffic Light Accident: Red Means Stop

Monday, February 08, 2010
Red at a traffic light means stop. I think most adults should know this. But somehow there are people who like to think of it as green and go for it like hell at the last minute. I really wish they would keep in mind that they are not driving alone on the streets. It is a very dangerous activity and can take someone's life.

Yesterday, we experienced something like this. I am so grateful that all of us turned out safe and sound, because it could have been otherwise... We were on the way to the hospital to get my blood test results. I have been going through some laboratory tests this past week to make sure about my liver and kidney. Thank God all results turned out well. The issue lays in my gastroenteritis tract and is not as severe as expected.

We had green light and were passing a cross section before the hospital when suddenly a motorcycle bumped into our car bumper from the left. It was a good thing that my husband wasn't at full speed or things could have become more ugly. The man on the motorcycle managed to get away with only a scratch on his leg. If he had fallen to the other side, he might have ended up under the car and would not have been so lucky.

Thinking about this incident makes me grateful, angry and sad at once. Grateful because everyone turned out fine. Angry because my 9 year old daughter was sitting in front besides my husband who drove. Can you imagine what could have happen, if the motorcycle had hit the spot a few inches further. Not only did this man put himself in danger by ignoring the red traffic light on his side of the section, but he also played with other innocent life. Others might have sued him for all the damage he caused. On our way home from the hospital we saw the man still standing besides his motorcycle, waiting for someone to pick him up. The sight of him made us a little bit sad. Because of his own ignorance, he had put himself in such a situation.

Please, avoid traffic light accidents. Keep in mind that red means stop!

Red means stop
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quilly said...

Red means "stop" and orange means "slow down" not "speed up".

Anonymous said...

First and foremost I'm so glad that you all are okay. What an idiot that guy was. You know my friend driving a city bus I see more of this kind of thing than I like to admit and it usually makes me furious. People are in such a hurry now days. They don't stop to think of what harm they can do not only to themselves but to others.

I'm so glad that your test results came back good and that it's not a serious as one would have thought. That's such good news. How's Mom? I hope she's doing fine as well.

I get such a smile and warm feeling when I see a post from you or a comment. :) Glad you all are aokay.

Much aloha!!!


Lin said...

I'm so glad that you and your family were not injured. One would think that a motorcycle driver would be more careful! It is so dangerous to be on a motorcycle. I'm glad your tests came out better than expected and hope you'll be feeling better soon!

Ebie said...

I was in an accident last dec 2, and the guy going east run a red light when I was going south on a green light. Luckily I was ok except that my car sustained a great damage.

Unknown said...

RED means STOP! Glad in the accident everyone was safe.Anything could have happened with disastrous outcome.
Good news on your test results. Hope your mum is coping fine too. Enjoy your day:)

JonJon Rosaleen said...

Glad to hear nobody in the family was injured. ThankGod!!

wenn said...

ya, it's always safer to stop at a red light.

Nessa said...

There are so many people on the road every where it is just so dangerous. I am glad everyone was ok.


Susan at Stony River said...

I'm glad you're all okay -- and I'm glad your health is okay too. Amen to wishing people would obey red lights and other traffic laws, but people drive crazy here too, and everywhere.I hope your daughter wasn't too scared?

myletterstoemily said...

yes, ma'am! :)

glad your blood test results were good.

also happy your daughter is safe!

RA said...

@All: Thanks for the wonderful comments.
@Quilly: That's so true. I hope people will keep this in mind.
@Thom: I like to avoid these hectic streets, because of it. Thanks for your constant encouragement. You always fill my heart with warm feelings, my dear friend. Mom is doing better with each coming day :). Hopefully it continues this way. xoxoxo.
@Lin: Thanks for your support, my dear :).
@Ebie: I'm so glad that you are alright. I think our situations were similar. Very frightening to think about it again.
@Keats: Thanks for all the well wishes. I hope you are doing fine, too :).
@JonJon: TY, my dear :).
@Wenn: Absolutely.
@Nessa: Very dangerous indeed. TY :)
@Susan: I think it scared her a lot. She got stomachache after the incident because of shock, but thankfully everything else was fine :).
@Lea: TY :)

Hootin Anni said...

That's too darned scary!! I keep asking myself why on earth do people think that that one second in time going through a red light [or yellow for that matter] will save anything? Time? Not really...just look what happened to you. I'm sure glad to hear that you're all alright tho. It's too darned scary!


Carletta said...

Hi Rosidah,
It was good to see your name in my comments. :)
I'm so glad you are ok. Some people ignore all kinds of traffic rules and not just red lights. I know how you feel about feeling sad about seeing the guy standing there. You have a good heart and it's how you would feel about another being; but you are right HE put himself there. I hope while he stood waiting he thought about the circumstances long and hard.
Good news about your test results.
Hugs and Blessings! Prayers too!

Jama said...

I almost saw an accident yesterday, while waiting for a traffic light to turn green for pedestrian to cross, one lady didn't look and dashed across, luckily the car managed to stop in time otherwise another casualty.

Betsy Banks Adams said...

Hi Rosidah, In our country--when the green light turns YELLOW (to warn people to begin stopping), people GUN it ---trying to get through before the light turns red. That is what causes alot of accidents here.

Glad everyone is OKAY in your family --and the motorcycle driver also. Scary!!!