Dear Drivers, Red Means Stop!

There’s a game most children play that should prepare them to be future drivers. Perhaps you’ve heard of it? It goes by the name Red Light Green Light. And when you take driver’s ed, I’m pretty sure one of the first things they teach you is red means stop, green means go.

I was driving past Highland Park Village a couple of weeks ago, and was sitting at the traffic light at the intersection of eastbound Mockingbird and Douglas Avenue. While at the light, I watched not one, but three, cars turn right into Highland Park Village after their light had turned red.

Apparently, risking your life and others’ is worth breaking the law to get to a mambo taxi.

According to Highland Park Police Department Lt. Lance Koppa, HPPD wrote more citations in 2013 than they did in 2015.

“But it looks like we’re trending to write more in 2016 than we did in 2015,” Koppa said.

Don’t chance it at green lights. “Even when it’s green you need to be careful and wait … don’t chance someone taking off your front end, or worse,” Koppa warned.

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