You’ve all seen it. The car swerving ahead of you. The car drifting into your lane. The car slamming on the brakes at the last minute to avoid the line of stopped traffic. When you pass by, if you are lucky enough to get by them safely, you see the driver’s head looking straight down at their cell phone actively scrolling their social media or text messages, and ignoring the rest of us on the road. Not a care in the world except to be intently focused on the latest happenings on social media.
Chances are that you have encountered driving through a city that has placed red light cameras at intersections. The stated purpose is to increase safety at intersections by imposing a penalty for those drivers who run red lights. The penalty fine varies from place to place but is typically $50 or $100 for a violation. If not paid timely, then the fine amount doubles in most locations.