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RockyG666 63M
1749 posts
11/10/2013 2:58 pm

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11/12/2013 5:59 am

traffic vigilante (first blood)

in chicago, a rolling stop is when you slow way down when coming to a stop sign, but don't really ever stop moving entirely. it is a completely acceptable practice, exspecially in rush hour traffic or when other aggressive drivers are trying to steal your right of way.

well, i not only got a ticket for a rolling stop during monday morning rush hour, but it was a rookie cop and he tried to give me a lecture. i asked him would he still give me the ticket if i listened to his lecture, and when he said 'yes,' i told him to shut up. i didn't have to listen to him AND get a ticket. it wasn't his job to rag on me.

anyways, it turned into a 6 month long court circus that ended with me needing to go to court 3 times ($8 parking each time), paying fines and court costs of $294.00, and serving 8 hours charity at an NFP. fortunately, i happen to run an NFP. in addition, three different judges treated me like poo, as well as the police line that runs the metal detectors at the entrance of the court house. at no point in this process did i feel like anything i had to say was considered or that anyone cared the least bit about anything but the money.

in protest to this HUGE indignation and financial assault, i have decided not to follow traffic laws if nobody is looking. when i thought about it, i would guess that there is probably only another car even present at most stops less than half the time. i usually ride side streets and obscure routes, i hate traffic. when i thought about it more, there probably were not cops present at side street stop signs more than a fractio of a % of the time.

i decided i would then not stop at 294 stop signs to make up for the money they hit me for. then, i decided i would only give them 50 cents for each stop sign, so that they owed me 588 blown stop signs. but it turned out to be SO much fun blowing stop signs that i just stopped counting and decided i would stop if they ever caught me, and i would tell them why i was doing it and a guesstimate of how many stops i have run.

i never realized before how mindless it is obeying traffic laws blindly. i would just always stop at a stop sign, and never considered running a red light. but now, i just scan carefully for other cars, or police, and if all is clear i just kind of slide through intersections. 99.9% of the time it is not a dangerous move if you slow down and look. a lot of the routes i travel don't even have many other vehicles.

like i said, it is REALLY fun. i feel as if i am getting a little tiny piece of even every time i run a stop, and it makes me smile. i also get where i am going a whole lot faster.

it was SO worth the $300

RockyG666 63M
1357 posts
11/11/2013 7:16 pm

i am not speeding thru intersections or anything.