Ruling: Short wait at green light doesn’t obstruct traffic

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SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) – A New Mexico court ruling says a driver isn’t violating a local law against obstructing traffic merely by waiting 5 to 15 seconds before proceeding after a light turns green.

The Court of Appeals ruling overturns the conviction of a man who was stopped by an officer in downtown Albuquerque early in the morning.

The ruling says the officer had pulled up behind Terence Goodman at a red light and then stopped Goodman after Goodman waited 5 to 15 seconds after the light turned green.

The court said the Albuquerque ordinance provided no standard to judge a permissible delay and that there was no evidence that the officer was inconvenienced or even forced to wait another full light cycle.

The ruling vacated Goodman’s conviction. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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