The California Stop

I’m fairly certain I’ve discussed the stop requirements every state in the Union has on their books. Here’s my bitch today, though…why is it frequently referred to as a “California” stop? Why not an “Ohio” or even, dare I say it, a “South Dakota” stop?
What is it about the good people of the Golden State that makes them eligible for a nation-wide phenomenon? Does the rest of the country think that we thumb our collective noses at such a bourgeois concept as traffic laws? Are we more apt to violate this particular section of the vehicle code?
Following that logic, why isn’t there such a thing as “New York” jaywalkers? How about “Montana” speeders? Or those “Alabama” right-of-way bastards…don’t get me started on those fuckers.
Lord knows I love this state of my birth. Lord also knows I can’t wait to get the hell out of here as soon as possible; however, that isn’t based on our inability to come to a full and complete stop. Seems to me, the granola-crunching, left-coasters have gotten a bad rap on this particular score.
I’m just puttin it out there…

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11 thoughts on “The California Stop

  1. No matter where I've lived it's been a $wherever stop. I heard it called NY Stop when I lived there, a Michigan Stop and a Pittsburgh Stop. Why not a Pennsylvania Stop? I think Pittsburgh gets a bit weird about being "different" than the rest of the state. Something about the only "burg" city with an "h" on the end, I think. 🙂

    Pittsburgh also has The Pittsburgh Left. What was once 20 yrs ago a courtesy — at a standard 4 way traffic light intersection, the person facing the other way graciously lets the first person across from them, making a left, turn, before s/he goes straight through — is now expected if not demanded by the drivers there.

    There are NY Jaywalkers — they give you the finger as the cross, and Massholes, the Massachussets drivers from hell, and Michigan Lefts [you turn right, then get into the far left hand designated lane to U turn], and I'm sure lots more.

    and a p.s. When I first learned to drive my baby brother tried to convince me that "You don't have to stop at any stop sign with a white border." A million years later, when the area of Pittsburgh known as "The Waterfront" opened, all the stop signs had black borders!

  2. There is the "Georgia Overdrive" though………….

    Put it in neutral going downhill to gain speed…….

    Other than that, I know of no other "regional" driving nicknames.

  3. "Does the rest of the country think that we thumb our collective noses at such a bourgeois concept as traffic laws?"

    Pretty much, yeah. Or at least, that's what we Canadians think. 😉

    Don't feel too bad, though; I'm from Edmonton, Alberta, and we apparently have the worst drivers in North America. After living in Ontario for five years and New Jersey for two, I would have to agree. (You see, there isn't a fender bender on every corner in these other places like there is at home every day…)

  4. OK, after an extensive fact finding mission (read 15 minute internet search)I believe I have two plausible reasons for the "CA Stop" moniker.
    1. Calif. was the first state to institute the right turn on red law. Encouraging motorists to initially obey the red signal then go through it. A similar thought process may be involved with the slow down and go.
    2. During the gas crisis of the 70s people used it as a way to save fuel and the habit stuck.
    I admit both are a stretch, but so is hearing you on Happy Medic!
    By the way, you've never heard of the "Rhode Island Roll?"

  5. The California Stop was invented in California and carried to points East and South. Thanks, flakes. If not for you the rest of the country would be coming to a full stop whenever a stop sign was encountered.

    Since many (the vast majority, if truth be known) cross streets in South Dakota do not have stop signs or even yield signs, people approaching a corner tend to slow down as the man on the right has the right of way. Note that South Dakota has few gun laws and few accidents.

    Many Ohio residents fled the collapse of the rust belt by fleeing to California – California or Bust! Some months later they returned Busted by Gosh. Others came back badly bent. These miscreants brought the California Stop with them, along with a bunch of other bad habits such as moonbat tendencies, odd sexual preferences and even odder tolerances for those whose activities are not discussed in mixed company. My thanks to all of you in Granola Land. Now, if you'd be so kind as to take your weirdos back, we'd be grateful.

    As everyone knows, there are no New York jaywalkers. The NYC drivers killed a few and people wised up. There shouldn't be any Montana speeders, as Montana is not supposed to have an actual speed limit, and if you've ever driven in Montana you'll know why.

    As for Alabama, they mind their own business. Let 'em, I say. If you don't like the way they drive, stay out of Alabama.

    'nuff said.

  6. Wasn't California the first state (or among the first) to allow right-on-red (after stop)? Perhaps that's how the "California stop" concept originated.

    Love the image you found for this post. Great one. Keep us safe, MC, despite the crazies out there.

  7. I think I missed the whole point of this post fixating on a) where I could get the little "No Really" sign, and b) wondering how much trouble I'd get in for sneaking it onto the stop near my house. I can't even say how many times I've been nearly plowed into and then almost had a rage related anurism because of it.