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Old 12-08-2007, 05:16 PM   #1 (permalink)
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It is what it is

Didn't know where else to put this but it a great story.

Heading over to help out mom with Christmas decorations. I sling my commuter bag over my shoulder and head out the door. At the end of the street there is a 3 way stop (no traffic) which is like the tree that falls in the forest. Blowing through the stop sign there is a police car at the next stop sign about 50 yards up the street. Upon arrival he waves me over and the conversation goes something like this.

O-You know you blew through that stop sign
M-Yes sir
O-Why?
M-I have a long way to go and I wanted to conserve energy.
O-Why don't you just drive?
M-Can't afford the gas
Looks me up and down and says
O-Then I guess you can't afford this ticket either.
M-No
O- I'll let you go with a verbal warning this time but you need to follow the rules.
M-Yes sir

So Christmas came a little early this year. Yes I know I was in the wrong so let's not go there.

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Old 12-08-2007, 08:25 PM   #2 (permalink)
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That's classic! I have never tried using energy conservation as an excuse to try to avoid a ticket. My usual tactic is to just burst out crying... and that NEVER works.

Last summer I blew through a stop sign on my bike at an empty intersection and got pulled over (cop was driving quite a bit behind me). He rolled along side and flagged me down, but when he just rolled down the passenger window to talk, I knew I wasn't going to get a ticket.

His main comment: "c'mon man, we have a hard enough time getting the kids to ride safely!"

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Directly related to this subject: I read somewhere that in one US state, it is legal for cyclists to treat stops as yields. Anyone know anything about that?
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Old 12-08-2007, 08:30 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Directly related to this subject: I read somewhere that in one US state, it is legal for cyclists to treat stops as yields. Anyone know anything about that?
Def. Not My state.... I know of cops literally losing their cool and attacking cyclists on critical mass rides in Gainesville :/
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OK, not FLA then. That's something else.
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Classic story, Z. I can almost picture it
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OK, not FLA then. That's something else.
My understanding is that Idaho and Montana are the only states where slow and go is allowed. Oregon is working on it. I think Idaho has it right.

Here's a link.
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Ooo! I wrote to the person on whose blog I thought I had read about the US state with the flexible stop sign rules, and she wrote back right away:

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Hi Darin,
Its Idaho.
http://www3.state.id.us/cgi-bin/newi...id=490070020.K

Red lights as stop signs, stop signs as yields
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