Originally Posted by freeweed
I don't think CPS is that bored that they'll ticket me for it when the next car is 2km down the road.
While I agree with your post, this part reminds me of an anecdote.
To illustrate, this is the intersecion of Queensland Drive/Deer Ridge Drive (it changes names at the intersection) and Canyon Meadows Drive.
During the north/south movement phase of the traffic signal, the northbound lanes get an advanced green, whereby the lane marked green is a left hand turn only lane (to go westbound on Canyon Meadows Drive), and the orange is straight through northbound only. All other lanes, marked red, are facing red lights. Most importantly, this means the southbound lane of Queensland Drive can't turn left to go eastbound on Canyon Meadows Drive.
Now, although no cars can cross the crosswalk marked by yellow during the advanced green phase, the signal is set up to show "Don't Walk" during the advanced green. The crosswalk marked by black also sees "Don't Walk," which does make sense. Anyone who regularly walks in the area ignores this and walks anyway when using the yellow crosswalk, since, like I said before, there is no way a vehicle can (in a legal sense) or will cross that crosswalk during the advanced green. I've done so myself hundreds of times. It's just a signal design oversight.
One time though, my roommate and his friend was crossing at that intersection, against the "Don't Walk" signal in the manner I described above, when the cops stop him shortly after he had crossed. After trying to explain the situation to the cops, they still got tickets. Now, of course they were technically crossing illegally (J-walking), but quite obviously weren't really doing anything wrong.
Anyway, it's not the most exciting story, but it's little things like this that irk me when it comes to the "pedestrian experience."