Re: Failure to Stop at a Stop Sign Ticket, CVC 22450a
There is no requirement that the officer initiate a traffic stop immediately upon witnessing a violation. In fact there are various sound reasons NOT to do so, based on individual circumstances. Many cops (and it is a habit I approve of) will wait for a computer records return on your license plate before initiating a stop. That gives them just that much more info about what they might be getting into. After all, the cop doesn't know you from Adam and cops have a habit of bumping into real live bad guys.
There is also no requirement that the cop get you to confess to the violation before citing you. It seems like all he was fishing for was whether or not you were familiar with the area - and therefore could reasonably be expected to be familiar with the stop sign. But, even that is irrelevant to the violation. Either you stopped and yielded or you didn't. Whether you were familiar with the area is irrelevant. And, he is right...barring some evidence that you have not told us about, it is your word against his.
The fact that he erred in the color of your car is not going to be helpful in contesting the violation.
Behind the badge is a person. Behind the person is an ego. This is as it should be, person at the center and ego to the back.