I've recently encountered a peculiar road arrangement in Seattle. As you can see from the graphic below, Cremona St is merging with Nickerson St. There's a stop sign on Cremona and a traffic light on Nickerson. The line where cars are supposed to stop before the traffic light is to the left of Cremona St.
View from Cremona St:
View from Nickerson St:
The question then becomes: can a car driving via Cremona St ignore the red light after the stop sign, presuming no pedestrians are present? Does it matter that the stop line for cars on Nickerson St is located prior to the spot where Cremona St is merging in?
I got my license in Europe and haven't seen such traffic arrangements back home.