We are at war over petroleum. Let the cars go first. It wouldn't hurt pedestrians to stop for a second instead of demanding that cars slam their breaks on at cross walks and such. In the name of conservation - our clean air, our safety as citizens of the world, the longevity of our planet - it's the most altruistic and safest option. I know, I know, I should be using public transit. I am a hypocrite. This is not a public transit friendly city and when I am walking, I stop for cars.
And another thing: it should not be illegal to roll up to a stop sign. That is rediculous.