In the back seat of the car were sons Sean Preston and Jayden James. In the front seat: a court-appointed monitor! Points do go to Britney for having them strapped into their car seats. TMZ.com posted a video of the whole thing. Britney approached a light on Coldwater Canyon, on her cell phone. She drove into the intersection, then made a quick turn to Muholland Drive and avoided oncoming traffic when someone yelled: “Red light, red light!” I’m sure the judge in her custody battle with ex-hubby Kevin Federline will not be amused and perhaps will forbid her to drive with her kids in the car. Britney: Hire. A. Driver. Now. More Britney: Friend Lance Bass offers view And speaking of Britney, her old pal Lance Bass has been talking about her during his publicity blitz for his new book, “Out of Sync.” In an interview with “HX” magazine, the singer was asked if he ever thinks about her antics and says to himself, “Oh, Britney.” Lance laughed and said: “Yeah. I think that’s just the typical thing to say every day when you wake up and read AOL news page. You have to admit it’s entertaining. I always hope she’s just doing it as a joke and we’re all going to be punk’d in a couple of years – like, `You know all that stuff I did, it was all a joke!’ I think she’s been doing this documentary (reality show) for years, where she’s like, `Today I’m going to shave my head and see if they buy it!”‘ For more celebrity news, go to Greg Hernandez’s Hollywood Joe blog at blogs.dailynews.com/hollywoodjoe160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre “I’m so excited for her because, you know what? She’s one of the most talented singers, and everyone knew that last season. All I want for her is to just go out there and live her dream. As long as she’s out there singing, for her she’s doing God’s work.” And as far as the other winners and finalists from seasons past, Paula feels like a mentor whose young charges have made her so proud. “It’s fantastic to see Elliott Yamin do fantastic, to see Daughtry, to see Kellie Pickler, everyone’s doing their thing, Taylor Hicks is touring. It’s all part of the process and I love the fact that our show single-handedly really does change these kids’ lives and launches solid careers for them.” Britney’s red-light maneuver on camera Speaking of young singers, today’s episode of As Britney’s World Turns in a doozy. The damsel of a mess really can’t do a thing that isn’t recorded by the paparazzi. That was the case Thursday night when cameras caught Britney Spears driving through a red light. After she helped announce the nominations for the People’s Choice Awards on Thursday night, I had a little chat with Paula Abdul about the upcoming season of “American Idol,” which has launched the careers of such superstars as Carrie Underwood, Kelly Clarkson and Chris Daughtry. When the new season of the monster hit debuts in January, Paula thinks yet another star will emerge. “I think we can expect the best season so far; I honestly feel that. I’m not just saying that – I didn’t say that last season,” Paula insisted. “But I do believe that we have an amazing season coming up, very interesting contestants coming up, great back stories, really great singers, and adorable! Really, really cute.” She had watched the Country Music Awards the night before and was quite excited to see former “Idol” champ Underwood win big again and is looking forward to having Melinda Doolittle release a CD.