Today’s drivers are crazy, and there is practically no implementation (except for the “targeted” type). I’ve never seen traffic cops in Hayward or on Interstate 580. A friend says they’ve never been in Fremont, which was very strict.
Me, my parents, and my friends are all afraid to drive.
Julie Machado Hayward
A: I understand your concerns, based on the way a lot of people are driving now. In the best of worlds, drastic measures will not be used to replace regular enforcement. Instead, they will complete regular patrols in areas that need more attention, such as areas with a high frequency of accidents, speeding out of control, running red lights, or mass cheating. Ideally, there would be more regular enforcement, but unfortunately, there are not enough officers to go around.
Police departments in San Jose and Oakland have reduced traffic enforcement units. Gary retired CHP explains:
“When I was first assigned to the San Jose District in 1968, we had 120 district officers. Since then, the number of officers has decreased while the miles of roads to be driven have increased. Interstates 280, 680, and Interstate 85, have been added, along with roads rapid, with no increase in the number of officers. In order to provide the kind of coverage your writer would like to see, there would have to be a significant increase in the number of officers, which would mean a significant increase in the CHP budget needed to allow this to happen.”
Q: Mask requirements from buses, airports, etc. have been raised, but I notice that VTA buses still run around with “No mask no ride” messages. Why are they still holding these banners outside the buses?
Gary Moitoso, San Jose
A: VTA started changing the signage on their buses the day the mask requirement was dropped, but they have over 400 buses and they haven’t gotten to all of them yet. They recommend wearing masks, but don’t need them.Q: On Highway 101 near Gilroy, I found myself behind a car with hydrogen-free stickers. When the car accelerated, a plume of exhaust came out of the exhaust pipe. Was this just steam?
Arlene Watson // CQ //, Saint John the Baptist
A: Most likely, yes. Hydrogen-powered vehicles release water vapor and warm air.
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