In October 2018, a student who worked for the University of Utah bookstore at the time was denied a refund for his book due to a red light district in Utah.
The red light districts in the state are generally defined as “safe zones,” where motorists are required to yield to pedestrians and cyclists when passing them.
However, in August 2018, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration ruled that the red light zones must be replaced.
“This decision was the first of its kind, which allows a state to issue a rule that provides for a safer environment for all users of red light areas,” the DOT said.
“In this case, the red signal requirement is not required, but the safe zone is.”
The student, who has since moved on, was given a refund, according to a U.T. spokesperson.
He did not receive an explanation for the reason for the red lights.
“I think it was just bad business,” he told BuzzFeed News.
“There were a lot of people out there that didn’t like it and people were scared of getting in a car or getting hurt or whatever.
I guess people were looking for the most cost-effective way to get their book.”
As a Ute, he was a little surprised at the red-light district ruling.
He said he’s seen some red light violations in his day, and they usually happen around the corner from his store.
“[But] I wasn’t aware that they were going to be that high, and it just seemed like they were targeting one particular store,” he said.
Although the red zone rule has not been enforced since August 2018 or the current red light zone regulations were last updated in 2019, the Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights has also announced that they will take action against any red light offenders.
The university is not the only one facing red light red light lawsuits.
According to the American Library Association, more than 60,000 red light tickets have been issued in the last decade.