I grew up In Illinois, in a more quaint era, when we were taught to keep one car distance away from another vehicle for every 1o MPH we traveled.
And then there was this other annoying law: You were required to stop for a red light. There were no exceptions.
This author learned the hard way ($425), a few months ago, that one should not even turn right on a red when going 15 MPH.
Now there are two recent red light running deaths to report. A motorcyclist in Van Nuys was killed a few days ago when he ran a red light.
And there is the tragedy of the USC students, one killed, the other seriously injured, after a female driver ignored a red light and struck both pedestrians.
The City of Los Angeles and the State of California should come together and create a new $2500 fine for any driver who runs a red light. The state could use the money, as could this city. It sounds extreme, but killing an innocent person is even more extreme.
And if we have a law where red light running is punishable for $2500, maybe someone who is alive today, will be alive tomorrow.