Speaking of stop signs, judging our local drivers leaves me with the impression that stop signs are only a suggestion. Most traffic tickets in Illinois are issued by local jurisdictions. To contest a ticket you appear before a local magistrate at a hearing. I've heard the magistrate tell offenders that they need not have bothered to appear as they were all guilty, and it would have been cheaper to pay the fine rather than the "judgement."
Interesting. A few years ago, when I was in college, I got a speeding ticket on my way home from class one night for doing 40 in a 30 zone. The only reason I had sped up was because I needed to change lanes and I had this jerk alongside me blocking me from changing lanes. I tried slowing down to go behind him and he slowed down to block me with no one in front of him, so then I tried speeding up and he sped up so I slowed down again and he slowed down so then I just hit the gas and got in front of him. In doing so I apparently touched 40 MPH. The cop wouldn't let me explain what happened so I fought it. The Magistrate looked at my record and saw that I didn't have any other violations and dismissed the ticket without letting me explain either. I paid a reduced fine and it didn't go on my driving record.
Then I got another ticket one day because I accidentally got into one of our carpool lanes. It was about 8:55 and the lanes stop being restricted at 9:00am. I usually traveled that route about 9:10am and thus could use the carpool lane even though I was alone. That day I didn't realize it wasn't 9:00am yet and accidentally got into the lane. Less than 100 feet later I saw the sign saying they were still restricted and looked at the clock and realized my mistake and got over, but there was a State Trooper sitting a half mile up on the shoulder who pulled me over and gave me a ticket. So I went and fought that one too and explained what had happened to the Magistrate who also dismissed the ticket so that it wouldn't go on my record but in exchange I had to go to a Defensive Driving class. Which I actually enjoyed because I want to be a better driver but my insurance won't give me a discount for taking a Defensive Driving class. So this way I got to take the class for $15 because the county pays for the rest of the fee.
I guess it all depends on the local authorities how they police things. The police in the suburb where we live are often watching for speeders and give tickets to people doing 5 MPH over the speed limit. There are also a few stop signs that people tend to roll through where they'll sit hidden waiting for someone to roll through the stop sign.
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