Though I am a Manhattanite through and through, I did spend a good half of my tender years in a small town in upstate New York, where I learned to drive.
One of the things that everyone who has ever ridden a schoolbus or driven a car knows is that you STOP if the bus’s red lights are flashing. Yellow lights, you slow down. Either, you remain alert because children may be exiting the bus. It’s fairly intuitive. It’s also the law.
Today was the first time since moving to Los Angeles (four years and counting) that I have seen a schoolbus use its red lights. I almost invariably see yellow flashers on the rare occasion that I see a bus letting students off. The bus was on Western Avenue near Melrose, and it had its red flashers on with stop sign extended from the side.
Do you suppose anyone stopped?
Well, let me put it this way – when’s the last time you saw traffic pull to the side of the road for a fire truck?
Every single car flew past the bus. (Not me. I was on the other side of the intersection and just an observer, albeit an observer without her camera handy.)
So I’m wondering – were they all complete and utter fucktards, or is stopping for a schoolbus optional in Los Angeles?