Yes, I drive through - here, of course. It is a common practice where I live, and in fact I could get rear-ended by another vehicle if I stop in such a situation.
If I were in US, I wouldn't.
There is a stop sign at a bridge 1/2 a mile from where I live. I have driven that road thousands of times - So I know always when it is ok to blow past it.
It's in case another car is coming form the other side of the bridge ... so you look to see ... if no car is coming - then you don't have to stop.
If the traffic light is an area where I know the hiding places of cops - and I know there is no camera - then yes, I'll go through after slowing down a bit.
This is safer than turning into a road during rush hour for instance - But it is still illegal - Breaking the 'law' is not always a 'stupid' or 'unsafe' act. It just means it's 'illegal'. There is not a connection between the two.
But the stop sign where I live - I just ignore it completely because it's useless.