Crockett wrote: ...the cost to society of a bike running a stop sign is FAR less than a car running a stop sign; and thus should be treated differently.
I'm curious- how can you make this statement with such certainty? I think the "cost to society" would depend on the outcome or consequences of the action. If a car breezes through a stop sign and hits nothing, is the cost actually greater than if a bike breezes through and kills a pedestrian?
I think a better question is "What is the cost if a bike breezes through a stop sign, hits a car and kills himself, thus putting a law-abiding conscientious driver through seven different kinds of hell?"
Which has already happened at least once that I can remember. That guy who ran the sign on the cap city trail last year, broadsided a car driven by someone new to the area who was driving under the speed limit, and cracked his head on the pavement. He got what he deserved.
The people in the car did not. I'm just fine with giving out gazillions of tickets to otherwise nice people for running stop signs on their bikes if there's a chance it will cause fewer people to give other people nightmares for the rest of their lives.