My light turned green the other day. It was a good thing that I didn't go right away. I counted them. Not one. Not two. Not three, but four cars came through after their light had turned red.

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Is it just me? It seems that more and more people are running red lights. This has happened to me more than once. My nephew and his girlfriend were hit from the side the other night. Why? Because some guy ran his red light. Maybe I'm just noticing it for the first time, but, either way, it's crazy. I realize how difficult traffic can be, but please, people, slow down. I'm hoping this isn't symbolic of where we are. Living at the speed of light, running behind, or just simply being selfish. I'm hoping we're not becoming a community of, "if I don't like the results, I'll change the rules." What kind of example does it set for our children when they see us living at such a pace that we take unnecessary risks? Whatever the case may be, let's take a breath and slow down. Red still means STOP.

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Traffic crawls on eastbound Interstate 12 approaching Airline Highway at 4:00pm, Thursday, December 21, 2017, in Baton Rouge, La.

Rev. Trey Nelson

pastor, St. Jude Catholic Church

Baton Rouge