Do you always come to a stop at a stop sign?
Yes. Same as a red light. Always stop even if it looks clear to proceed.
Protip for anyone planning on driving in France - stop completely, count slowly to 3 then set off, it is insufficient to merely stop. I've had locals tell me they count to 10 after receiving a fine and points for not having stopped long enough for the bored gendarme who timed them.
I’ve just noticed there’s “Double White Lines”. Does that mean you can’t cross
In Japan the stop signs look like yield/give way signs (upside down triangles), and it didn't help that up until 2017 the "Stop" writing in the triangle was in Japanese only, so foreigners would have no clue its a stop sign. In 2017, with the Olympics approaching, they thought about adopting the vienna convention on road signs (make the stop sign an octagon like most other places). But then they decided "yeah nah fuck that" and decided to keep the triangles, but they did agree to put the word STOP in english inside the triangle.
Also they dont have any give way/yield sign in Japan, but they do have another upside triangle that has some different Japanese writing inside which means SLOW.
I pull the hand brake once I get to the junction and slide across the line. As long as all four wheels are standing still you are fine.
I always come to a full stop at intersections that have a stop sign for at least 3 seconds, longer if there is traffic passing said intersection, until it is safe to enter, because if there is a motorcycle cop watching said intersection and they see you not wait long enough, you'll cop a decent fine and points off your drivers license.
I also stop at pedestrian cross walks when there are people at each side wanting to cross, even though in Hong Kong most drivers don't. I find here in Aus & The EU, drivers do obey the road signs and are very reliable when it comes to pedestrian cross walks. As a pedestrian at times, I know that the moment I walk toward a cross walk, all cars approaching will come to a complete stop before I step onto the cross walk, in Hong Kong you never feel confident that cars on the road in either direction will in fact stop for you, I've experienced this so many times! Cars rushing the cross walk and actually speeding up, forcing you to step back until the road is completely clear.
I understand that Hong Kong is all about GO GO GO in its hectic nature, but it really does need to teach learner drivers better than they do in a practical sense, things like stopping at intersections long enough to assess the traffic safely, how to negotiate Round A Bouts ( circle points ) properly in the correct turning or go straight lanes and absolutely paying attention and stopping for pedestrians at gazetted cross walks.
One of our HK friends has just had their eldest son pass his HK license test, and things like Round A Bouts just aren't even mentioned, taught or part of the the actual test. Which actually explains a lot !
They also need to fine drivers for flagrant misuse of using the hazard lights, as it really is an unnecessary distraction and very much a HK bad habit that I have not seen anywhere else. I rarely see hazard lights being switched on here in Aus or the EU unless somebody has actually broken down on the side of the road in a service lane, with a safety triangle set up about 5 metres behind their car and their bonnet up.
So in short.
HK needs to fine drivers for using handheld devices severely like they do over here, which is about $6000hkd getting busted for holding a phone while driving.
Treat incorrect use of Round A Bouts and pedestrian crossings like a red light or stop sign, big fine plus a 4-5 point deduction from their license. Ultimately they need drivers to calm down, observe the speed limits in heavily built up areas and drive sensibly based on the weather conditions.
When I was rear hit in April the hit driver complained that I stopped. But police agreed with me that a STOP sign is a valid reason to stop.
So later he changed his story that I reversed into him. A few month later than I got the letter from the police that they will prosecute the other driver. Seems he changed his story afterwards.