Some drivers want more patrol cars on highways and streets: Road Show

Q: In a recent column, you mentioned a targeted CHP enforcement action on Highway 880 and Highway 101. Can you please tell the CHP and other law enforcement agencies that targeted law enforcement might do well, and get a lot of tickets, but it doesn’t that. Doesn’t it help keep traffic sane elsewhere? I miss the days when we watched ourselves because we saw the CHP and the police regularly, and we knew we could get a ticket anywhere, anytime.

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.

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