How is anyone supposed to see stoplights blocks away?
They're usually mounted up some 10-20' in the air. Makes them much easier to see from a distance.
Around here, there's slower speed limits, a sign warning about a streetlight around the corner, an earlier blinking sign that turns on when that light goes yellow, or some combination of the three.
Same as above.
In a complicated intersection with turn arrows?
What about them? You look at the lights.
You're speaking nonsense that has nothing to do with traffic law or safety and just sounds like old wives' tales being handed down. You should be keeping your eyes on the conditions around you, not on stoplights 2/10 of a mile away.
And you sound like you're attempting to justify your own inattention to the road. (oh look, I can throw around ad hominem attacks that do nothing for the argument too.) You should be keeping your eyes on the conditions around you, which _includes_ the next steet lights coming up (which may include: "Yep, next street lights are 2 miles away. They won't affect me for a while, I'll pay attention to them again when I'm closer."), the signage, the traffic around you, the potential for pedestrians to emerge from between parked cars, the fact that it just started raining, and all of the million other things that could go wrong. Don't develop tunnel vision where you can only see 30' in front of you.