In the first week after I moved to the Bay Area in 1981 someone used the term "California stop sign". It's sort of a slow-mo, look around, save some gas, maybe-not-have-to-downshift-to-first-gear sort of driving maneuver. Our very own state Senator Jerry Hill has somehow determined that protecting the California red light pseudo-stop is a priority. Per the SacBee, this is sort of controversial
By the way, a full legal stop is a somewhat particular thing. Your tires have to completely stop turning, momentarily, before your front bumper crosses the first white line you come to. If you stop with your nose, say, a foot over that line (thus in the crosswalk) you can be hit with the $500 ticket.
A few drivers said they don’t think they should have to obey the law if there are no other cars, pedestrians or cyclists around. In those cases, slowing down seems good enough. Two mentioned they have seen police fail to fully stop before making a right on red. They had some choice words about that.
But then the Law of Unintended Consequences might kick in
We got a few emails from drivers who acknowledged they don’t always come to a full legal stop. I suspect there are more of us in this group than any other. Most did not sound dismissive of the law. A few said they felt pressured at times by impatient drivers behind them.
Or even more likely, if people start driving like a Google-assisted car drives, they will start getting rear-ended like a Google-assisted car does. And as we head towards legalized recreational marijuana (see the 2016 ballot), my guess is that we will have a lot more drivers pondering their navels at stop signs and red lights than rolling through them.