Traffic signs are there for a good reason

To the editor:

The signs at red lights “stop here on red” are there for a reason but are too often ignored. People squeeze their vehicles right up tight to the crosswalks. There are at least two good reasons to “stop here on red.”

Stopping at the sign allows trucks with trailers to make necessary wide turns at intersections and not block traffic through another light cycle while 10 cars back up, and it is also the point at which the next green light is triggered by the sensors. Driving up tight to the crosswalks could cost you that valuable time. What does a driver gain but maybe a few seconds? Are a few seconds that precious?

Doug Sellers