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red light

1. noun A red traffic light, which is a signal to stop. I pulled up to the red light and stopped the car. Please be careful driving out there—people are maniacs and don't even stop at red lights!
2. noun By extension, a message or signal to stop. I'm really not interested in dating Rob, and I thought I gave him a red light, but he keeps pursuing me nonetheless.
3. adjective Indicative of a brothel (due to the practice of using red lamps to show that an establishment is a brothel). Often hyphenated. Be careful if you venture into the red-light district—there are a lot of shady characters there.
See also: light, red
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No Lane County cities have installed red-light cameras so far, although Eugene supported HB 2409.
Dubai: Red-light runners in Dubai will pay larger fines and lose more demerit points under new rules coming into effect from July 1, said Dubai Police on Wednesday.
com/video-of-2016-worst-red-light-runners-urges-drivers-to-stop-running-red-lights/) year's worst red-light running crash videos to make drivers realize how dangerous they can be.
7m was paid out in fines for red-light skipping last year.
about half of the deaths in red-light running crashes are pedestrians, bicyclists, and occupants in other vehicles.
Whether it's because we're distracted or in a hurry, red-light running is a dangerous driving behavior that many of us are apparently guilty of, at least on occasion.
Motorists rejoicing over decisions to discontinue unpopular red-light camera programs don't have to drive too far for a buzzkill.
Stiffest Red-Light Fines Alabama $110 Arizona $165 California $490 Delaware $110 D.
In a recent National Post article (March 23, 2011) entitled, Toronto Island too far for red-light district, Matt Ward cites that Ward 7 City Councillor, Giorgio Mammoliti, has a desire to create a Toronto Red Light District and impose a sin tax on it.
Critics of red-light cameras haven't proven their case," was the headline on an editorial in the December 16 St.
5) In the United States, law enforcement departments increasingly have turned to a different form of surveillance technology: red-light cameras.