Why did the officer have to interrupt my nap? Roadshow

Q: I work very early hours. Sometimes on my commute home, I get drowsy, so I look for a safe place to pull off and grab a five-minute nap, then I’m good to go. All good. Gets me home alive.

I recently pulled off Highway 24 in Lafayette and was unceremoniously awakened by Lafayette police because I was partially impeding a bicycle lane. I was told to find another spot. I guess my life isn’t as valuable as the bicyclists, and I told that to the officer.

George Mathews, Antioch 

A: It’s illegal to park in a bike lane and the cop was right to ask you to move. You put yourself at risk of being hit by another car. But I applaud you for knowing when you need to take a quick nap, for driving when drowsy is the equivalent of driving drunk. You are three times more likely to be in a car crash if you are fatigued.

Q: I recently saw a vehicle that was parked at a street curb disabled parking area (painted blue) and facing the wrong direction. Obviously, it was so the vehicle operator could exit the vehicle directly on to the sidewalk and not have to negotiate the curb — but I was wondering, is that legal?

Charlie Gibson, Monterey

A: No, because the driver would have had to cross into lanes of opposing traffic to park and then again while driving away.

Q: You’ve probably received lots of email about people driving with their pets, but I just had to add this. All of our dogs have worn seat belts while riding in the back seat since 1989. That’s the year we had a puppy who thought it was fun to push the gas pedal while we were stopped at a signal.

The first day a puppy joins our family, it begins wearing a seat belt. One of our dogs, now sadly missed, would whine if the car was started and she wasn’t wearing her seat belt.

Kathleen Owen, Los Altos Hills

A: Smart dog. Smart owners.

Q: I agree that pets should not be left in hot cars. Please let your readers know that the Tesla Y and other electric cars have “dog mode” that keeps the air conditioner on when the car is parked and locked. It displays a graphic on the touchscreen saying dog mode is on and shows the interior temperature. There’s no need to call the police or break into these cars to save a pet.

Kara Douglas, Walnut Creek

A. Remember that on 75-degree day, temperatures inside an uncooled car can rise to more than 120 degrees in 20 minutes.

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