89. Thinking that your traffic light has turned green
..And pulling a little forward. But its still red.
While driving along with a few friends, we spotted a yellow chicken standing on the corner after stopping at an intersection. It was one of those walking advertisements for a car dealership, and it was waving at people. There was a green car in front of us, and a bright yellow car next to that car on the lane next to mine.
“Haha! Look at the chicken..! Honk at it!”
“No, that’s just weird, man.”
The yellow car next to me did it. The green car pulled forward. Almost instantly, a bunch of other cars started honking from all directions, but not for the chicken. The driver of the green car must have thought yellow car was honking at him to let him know that his light had turned green, but it was still red and he just went for it. He made it across the street and pulled over to the side, probably to let the adrenaline rush fade away; he survived crossing a busy intersection on red! Nice!
Sometimes traffic signals are confusing though, I’ll tell you that. Here in California, there could be a green arrow, next to a big red light, next to a sign that says “Left turn only after 3PM”, with a person crossing the street illegally.. all at the same time. Its awkward when someone pulls forward thinking that the light has turned green, and then stopping a little past the limit line but its understandable; I mean, people text, eat, and even study while driving. But then you have to avoid the stares from other drivers.
Or when people expect the line to turn green, and start pulling forward.. and the traffic light decides its the best time to take a couple of seconds longer to give you the “Go” signal.