Last week I pulled up to a red light in a school zone just biding my time waiting for the light to change. While I was sitting there, a vehicle pulled up on my right side to make a right turn and the driver actually did the right thing. She waited for the light to change before making her turn. Before the light turned green, another car pulled up behind her and started laying on the horn. Apparently, the driver honking the horn wasn’t familiar with the rule that bans right turns at a red light in a school zone.
The same thing happened to me at the same set of lights yesterday. This time I was the one waiting to turn right and someone pulled up behind me and started honking the horn. I just sat there loving it. As a matter of fact, when the light did turn green and I made my turn, I proceeded to drive 10 clicks below the speed limit for the next block to really tick this speed demon off. He was riding my bumper until he finally decided he’d had enough and took a left turn at the next available intersection.
I understand some people might not know this particular law and the signs on the traffic light poles pointing it out could be a little larger. To be honest, I never knew this was a law until I started picking up my granddaughters at school a few years ago and noticed the sign. Then I realized that I had been breaking the law for a along long time.
Oops. My bad.
So, if you’re stopped at a red light in a school zone, wait for the light to turn green before proceeding, no matter how much the car behind is honking it’s horn!