San Francisco’s recent demonstration in favor of adopting an Idaho Stop law in the city has stirred up the expected point/counter-point debate across social media and comment sections of various news articles.
One of the valid questions being asked is “Can San Francisco as a city actually do anything to change this law?” In truth, the answer is probably no. Stop signs – including their design, placement, and requirements – are actually regulated at the state level. Idaho’s law is was enacted at the state level. However, cities in Colorado have actually done what people are asking for in San Francisco, so it is not something inherently unique.
However, San Francisco does actually have a different option to achieve functionally that same goal. And it is one that has been utilized before.This tactic focuses not on actual law change, but rather on enforcement – or the complete lack thereof.
One example of this is San Francisco’s Sanctuary Ordinance – which sets aside enforcement of federal immigration laws. With this precedent in mind, it is conceivable that San Francisco could adopt a similar policy of non-enforcement …read more