I could literally sit on any corner and pass out failure to heed traffic signal tickets all day long. The sad thing is that these people are otherwise good drivers.
So here goes, this is why I gave you a ticket. Stop signs are placed six feet away from the actual intersection for a reason. They allow you a first stopping place that is neither in the crosswalk nor the bike lane. The idea is that after you have stopped, behind the stop sign, you can then inch to the actual intersection to see if you can turn or cross. When you fail to do this you put pedestrians both on foot and on bicycle in danger.
I will say this, the next time I hear the argument, "but I stopped at the intersection!", I am going to write you up for whatever else I can find. Stop at the Stop Sign.
I will also say, the next time I see you cross into a bike path under the pretext of "stopping at the intersection", and you almost hit a cyclist, but then have the nerve to berate the bicyclist or have the temerity to be anything other embarrassed, I will ticket the hell out of you.
The reason that these laws are in place is because at some point harm was done, people were killed. Most car accidents that result in pedestrian death happen at intersections or crossing places. You may feel prideful or entitled, because really who wants to be yelled at in public. Believe me when I tell you, all of that pride disappears when you've injured or killed someone with your car. Work with me, I hate giving out tickets.
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