Q: I received a ticket on June 22 for speeding in a commuter lane. It was a fair cop (as the Brits would say) and I do not intend to contest it. I was speeding.
My problem is paying the fine. Just how do you do that? I have not received a notice from the clerk’s office, so I have no idea what my case number is. All I have is the number on my copy of the ticket, which seems different from case numbers when I search on the court portal online. As for trying to speak to a clerk, due to the vast number of calls they are getting, apparently you have to leave a message with your case number and they will get back to you.
I’m supposed to make a payment by September 24. But how? Please help!
A: The courts are behind in sending out fine notices, so be patient. You could call back and leave your ticket number so they can find the case number with that.
Q: There is so much empty real estate on I-5 that they have enough space to add a third lane in each direction. What a thought! Why can’t they add a third lane? Then you could have the truckers in the right, the slows in the middle, and the fasts in the left. This would solve so many problems.
What is preventing the addition of a third lane for both directions? There are enough drivers on I-5 now that this expansion warrants it. They could even go nuts and add a fourth lane. There’s that much space! … The section from 152 to the Grapevine needs to be expanded to three lanes. This section has an enormous amount of traffic for it to be a two-lane freeway.
Antonio Lopez, David Mendez and many others
A: Transportation agencies have put a priority on widening Highway 99, to the east of I-5. This highway carries even more truck traffic because of farming goods than does I-5 and it has a higher crash rate. This project is moving ahead, but I-5 is something of an orphan freeway. There are no local transportation agencies pushing for it to be widened, and they’re the ones who are often critical for providing the extra nudge to get projects done.
Until that happens, it will many more years before we see extra lanes added to I-5.
Q: For speeders and racers on our highways who dodge in and out of traffic, besides having their licenses suspended, they should be required to be at the junk yard to watch their vehicles crushed into a small cube.
Bruce Beyer, Sunnyvale
A: That would definitely make an impression.
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