A quick look at KSL and we were informed. A black Jeep traveling along 90th had run a red light and was hit by a HUGE Semi-truck that was traveling around 60mph along Bangerter Highway. The Jeep was drug for 150 feet until it stopped and the guy driving it was killed.
In the two years I have lived here I keep reminding myself how lucky I am not to be driving in the DC Metropolitan are anymore! I do not miss those overly aggressive drivers. Utah drivers are almost too nice sometimes. Where else would you see someone hold up an entire street of traffic to let someone out. Still blows me every time I see it! :)
However, one thing I have noticed over and over since I have been here is the immense number of Utah drivers who run red lights. It is absolutely terrible! I mean seriously people, when your light is green and you should be able to go but four more cars go through the red light crossing right in front of you, that is a major problem!
One thing I appreciated in Maryland was the presence of red light cameras. I believe that they made people think twice before running that light. Cities here should definitely give some thought to installing them. When people know that they will get a hefty ticket for doing it, much of the red light running could stop.
Why am I so bothered by this suddenly? Maybe it is because I have a 15 year old permit holder in the house right now which makes me more painfully aware of the stupid drivers around me. People have cut her off, sped around her illegally and done other stupid things that have honestly made me want to go after them! I don't want her injured because someone was ignorant and ran a red light or... (another HUGE pet peeve of mine), someone was TEXTING while they were driving. I can't tell you how often I see people doing that even though it is now against the law.
Do you remember the two men that were killed two years ago in Cache County by a 22 year old who was texting while driving? If you text while you drive and/or think that you are careful enough to avoid causing injury to anyone, you must watch this video from Utah's Zero Fatalities Website. Please, please watch it and see how many lives were affected... devastated in fact, by a 22 year old who made a very bad decision to text while he was driving.
I know there are many other things that can cause distractions while we are driving that we need to be careful of, but these are two easy decisions every driver can make right now. DON'T run red lights... you can spare the extra 2 minutes, and PUT THE PHONE DOWN while you are driving... no text or phone call is important enough for you to risk lives over. (If you are dumb enough to think it is, then at least pull over first before looking/answering it.)
The decision to run a red light cost that driver his life this morning. I can't imagine how many people will be affected by his death. Please, let's all take care while driving. Our vehicles truly are LETHAL weapons.