Cop Blasts Through Red Light, Catastrophe Ensues

It’s happened to all of us: we’re driving along, minding our own business, obeying the traffic laws, heading through that green light when suddenly we hear the sirens and see the lights and there’s the cop screaming through the intersection! Brake! Brake! Brake! Avoid the accident—if you’re lucky.

If you’re not so lucky, this can happen. This dashcam footage shows an officer speeding through an intersection and getting T-boned by another car that had the right of way. The video’s caption reads:

Dashcam video from the Altoona Police Department shows a cruiser crash into a motorist after running through a red light last week. The officer was responding to a call at the time, but did not properly slow down to ensure the intersection was clear. The officer received a citation as a result. Thankfully everyone involved received only minor injuries.


The legality of officers running red lights is pretty gray, but it’s widely accepted that they should use extreme caution and be extra vigilant when crossing against the light through an intersection.

That’s, uh, not what happened here.

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Officer was clearly wrong here but overall it highlights a different issue. Too often these days (read: every single time) people either fail to yeild to emergency vehicles or just don’t give a damn. While I’m pulled off to the side, multiple asshats use it as an opportunity to pass everyone pulled over, never mind the fact that an ambulance is blasting full lights and sirens behind them. The other day I watched an ambulace rolling code have to pull right up to the bumper of some moron who instead of pulling off to the side decided to stop in the middle of the lane. You could see the EMTs shouting and throwing their arms up trying to get them to move.