I was at the light outside the access road to the Maywood courthouse at 1st Avenue after coming off the Prairie Path. I was waiting at the top of the T intersection, looking into the morning sun. I saw a Cook County Sheriff's police car waiting to turn left onto 1st Ave. Normally I try to make eye contact with drivers but with the sun in my eyes I couldn't really tell. The light turned green and I proceeded to cross the street. The CCS car accelerates quickly into the turn. I stopped, but realized that I no longer had control...that if the car continued on the path, I was going to get hit. I got that slow-motion thing, saw he was looking to the left and not at me, he turned, a jolt of surprise hit him, then a flash of anger, then relief, then a sheepish, hang-his-head and hold up his arms in apology.
I'm glad it ended it no harm for me. But it made me think that I put myself at risk by violating my own "rules". Normally I would never trust a car at a left turn, especially where it's a T shaped intersection and drivers aren't expecting vehicles to be crossing. I didn't wait to see if he was going to ignore me before proceeding. I let my guard down because it was someone I thought would be attentive. I didn't account for my vision being compromised.
It was a free lesson in how easy it can be to drop one's defenses and what it could have cost me.