Oops, I got pulled over for rolling through a stop sign on my bike on the way into work this morning. In the process I learned a couple of interesting things. Firstly, after being told to pull over, when the police car stopped, the first thing the officer did was inform me was that I was being recorded on video. I wondered if this was a reaction to the Sammy Yatim case. The officer then asked for my license, and asked about my driving record, which as far as I knew was clean. He found a moving violation from 1999, which was interesting to me since that was before I moved to Toronto, and so it must have been recorded during a visit to Canada, and it must have been logged on my MI license. After seeing that I was clean, he decided to let me off with a warning, which was very nice of him.
I asked if in the future I should be putting my foot down at a stop sign, and he said it was sufficient to slow way down, and he noted that cars also don’t come to a complete stop. He asked if I had a bell (I did) as well as a headlight. I had forgotten my light since I was riding a different bike than usual. Fortunately, my Torch T1 helmet counted as a headlight.
Looking at the ticket itself, I noted a couple more things. Firstly, I had asked him to note that this was a bicycle violation, but he didn’t bother checking off the relevant box since this was just a warning.
Secondly, the entire right hand side of the ticket had to do with traffic safety, particularly the safety of “pedestrians, cyclists, and drivers” in that order. A good message to send to
drivers anyone that would incur a moving violation.
Ride safe, everyone!