10+ years of commuting, and I finally got one! Stop sign at Haussen, which is just south of Belmont on Milwaukee. I did my usual Idaho Stop timing: check the crossing guard, watch the timing of the traffic, follow the car through going my way on my turn. Head up, checking both directions. He maintained that I didn't even slow, but I hate it when people at/close to an intersection are watching a moving vehicle and trying to say they can tell when it slows.
I've had this discussion before...at a mostly straight on angle, a slow of 3-5 mph means a good 5+ second difference on when you cross intersection, and that is imperceptible to a viewer at that angle, but whatever.
Also, officer and I had a nice discussion afterwards, so there was no animosity. But I thought I'd share the story.
He's going to ticket you, but I guess you could lie and give a false name and address if you're into that type of thing. It might not go over too well when he sees you commuting at the same time everyday.
Yeah, I'd rather not compound anything myself. If an officers asks for identification and I have it, I'm going to provide it. It's one thing to argue over an Idaho stop. It's another thing to start breaking other laws.
If there are more riders, this will become more of an issue (not having a drivers license, different court situations for bikes vs. cars), but I'm not sure this is the case to use to use to try and establish a new precedent.
I get that, but I'm definitely in the camp that on the way to work is not a time to take a 5 hour detour to test my constitutional rights. It's just not worth it in that case for me.
Sorry, misreply then. Good point, always good to know the facts.