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TO THE EDITOR:

A few years ago while my husband and I were driving in downtown Albuquerque, we were very frustrated with the locals because when a light would turn green, they wouldn’t move forward right away. Now we understand why.

Thursday evening driving down Main Street on our way to La Fonda, the light at Fourth and Main was green. The man in front of us was driving the speed limit (25 mph). The light was midway through its green cycle, so there were no worries of either of us driving through on a yellow light.

However, Joe Idiot raced through the intersection going north on Fourth and screamed left onto Main. Both of our cars slammed on the brakes and on our horns, but Joe Idiot just laughed.

We’ve noticed it more and more frequently. Joe Idiot races through a totally red (not yellow in the process of turning red) light, and cars with the green light have to slam on their brakes to avoid a collision.

Yeah, I admit sometimes I don’t have time to stop for a yellow light because by the time I did stop, I’d end up in the middle of the intersection. So I go through and maybe the light will turn red by the time I’ve reached the other side of the intersection. We’ve all done that.

But this blatant disrespect for one’s fellow drivers by deliberately running a red light makes me wonder if Joe Idiot is indeed 1) an idiot; 2) has a death wish; or 3) doesn’t feel the law applies to him.

Unfortunately, this appears on the front page of the Daily Press a lot lately. Remember the four-car collision at 13th and Grand a few weeks back?

So now, like our fellow drivers in Albuquerque, when the lights turn green, we don’t move. We carefully look both ways before entering the intersection.

I pray that it doesn’t take someone losing his life to Joe Idiot before we all take more care.

Sandy Schuetz