Is there a street verb or an idiomatic saying that's used to say that a vehicle passed the (red traffic) light or a STOP sign without stopping?


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It's called running the sign, or the light. (Native AmE here.)

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    I knew it as jumping traffic lights Mar 9, 2018 at 0:25
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    I've only ever heard "jumping" the light to mean going (starting from a stopped position) before the light turns green.
    – spoko
    Mar 9, 2018 at 3:57
  • It's possible that the expression I knew was particular to the multilingual African country in which I grew up - where traffic lights were (and still are) known as robots. Mar 9, 2018 at 8:39
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    Running is definitely the common AmE expression for someone who ignores a stop sign or red light entirely. There's also the related "rolling stop" which is where you slow down significantly as you approach the intersection, but never come to a complete stop before proceeding through the intersection.
    – PMV
    Mar 10, 2018 at 4:19
  • @PMV Where I'm from in a flyover state, we also refer to that as a "Califormia stop." I have no idea why, unless it just stems from the vague rural sense that people in more populated areas think the rules are beneath them.
    – spoko
    Mar 12, 2018 at 13:43

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