Today's results were typical. We sat in the sunshine for maybe 15 minutes, during which approximately thirty cars came by (from various directions).
- Total cars: 30
- Complete stops (rock back on suspension): 0
- Barely stop (wheels stop turning for an instant): 1
- Slow way down somewhere vaguely near the crosswalk: 5
- Slow way down way before the crosswalk, then roll through crosswalk: 2
- Roll briskly through the crosswalk then slow way down just past it: 3
The rest either slowed down to maybe half their cruising speed, or just barely touched the brakes and slowed down only a few miles per hour from their previous cruising speed.
The highlights were the city maintenance truck who slowed way down but didn't stop even though there was a cop coming up to the intersection; and the cop himself, who was also one of the "slow way down but not stop" data points. (Dave amused himself by shouting reproofs after the cop, who did not appear to hear them.)
I'm sure this makes me sound like some sort of traffic law gestapo (except to people who know me, who are giggling at the very idea). Not at all; it's mostly an amusing diversion while sitting in the sunshine reading or drinking coffee. But it is surprising and striking to see that basically nobody stops at a stop sign, even one in front of an elementary school. (School is not in session today -- out for winter break -- but the numbers don't change very much even when school is in session.) Do I stop at every stop sign, enough to rock back? Probably not. But I'm pretty sure I do better than the people we watch roll past this intersection.
Try watching some time! You'll be amazed.[ 14:30 Dec 23, 2004 More misc | permalink to this entry ]