Q: I am seeing many drivers who stop at lights far short of the white line designed to guide them.
I lowered my window one day and urged the woman in the car next to me to move up 10 feet so her car would activate the sensors in the pavement and trigger the light to change.
Do drivers know what those squiggly lines one sees at an intersection are for?
A: No, apparently. They indicate where underground sensors are located to trigger traffic lights to change.
Q: Twice I had to drive down Interstate 680 south and probably had all my internal organs shaken out of alignment. My new car was quite shaken up as well, but so far, it is still holding together.
This happens between Alcosta Boulevard and I-580. This is the bumpiest stretch of freeway probably known to man. Even though the road looks smooth, it rattles you and your vehicle like crazy. It has been like this for years. Do they ever plan to smooth this out?
Don Senger, Martinez
A: Yes. No date has been set yet, but repairs will be coming. We cannot have internal organs needing to be realigned.
Q: I have had several frightening experiences when I looked in my rearview mirror just in time to see a driver speed past me along the shoulder of the freeway. Had I been exiting at the same time, it makes me shudder to think what could have happened. As we say in church, “Take the Lord along with you everywhere you go”.
Maxine Butler, Oakland
A: Yes, drivers speeding on the shoulder are very dangerous. God is a good copilot.
Q: Thieves stole the catalytic converter off my Prius during a few months ago. The mechanic put on some kind of plate. Will my car still be a target?
A: Probably not. These coverings are difficult to remove and thieves usually move on because it takes too long to peel them off.
Q: Ever since I wrote you about all of the ladder calls the CHP gets, I’ve noticed a strange trend. Now, it’s almost daily calls about pedestrians on freeways. Someone walking on the shoulder is dangerous enough, but I’ve heard more than one dispatch for people running across the freeway to the center divide and then back. That’s insane.
But the best one was a few weeks ago. “White male, average build, walking on shoulder wearing a pink ballerina’s outfit.”
Tony DiBenedetto, San Jose
A: Very dangerous, pedestrians on freeways and the shoulder.
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