I consider myself a very safe and considerate bicyclist, but I do practice the Idaho Stop Law when conditions permit such as:
- being outside the Tucson city limits;
- surrounded by desert; and,
- having clear lines of sight in all directions!
But this Pima County Sheriff was not buying my defense. In fact, I was given no warning and was issued a $200 citation for failure to stop at a stop sign, which he told me, carried the full automobile DMV points and insurance implications as though I had been operating an automobile.
Later, I found out the City of Tucson has a re-education program for scofflaws like me (which will wipe away the infraction)…I’m scheduled to attend this bicycle safety course next week-end.
For the record, this is the second time something like this has happened to me. I wrote about the first time here.