Q I have noticed a lot of out-of-state plates lately with expired registration stickers. And often they seem to be expired by quite a few years. I saw one recently that said '03, and a Nevada plate that said '06. Is there someone to contact with this information?
A There sure is. You can report out-of-state vehicle scofflaws online to the California Highway Patrol "CHEATERS" program at www.chp.ca.gov/prog/cheaters.cgi.
If you spot someone with an out-of-date tags and report them, include the state or province in which vehicle is registered; the license number; date and time the vehicle was observed; and the make, model and color and location where the vehicle was seen -- the street and city.
Q I want to complain of a pet peeve when making a left at Forest Avenue and Winchester Boulevard behind Valley Fair. There is a left turn onto Forest with a left turn lane that is split across a signal light. The left turn light can be red, before the split, so there is a space in front in the left lane. However, many times cars on the right-hand side, with a green light to go straight, end up making a lane change in the middle of the intersection to get in the empty space for the left turn.
Can something be done
A Help is around the bend. The signal will be replaced around the end of February and should address your concerns.
Q I drive on Lafayette Street through Santa Clara every day and love how they reverse the middle turn lane during commute hours. That really helps the heavier traffic driving north in the morning and south in the evening.
However, I can't tell you how many times I have seen people trying to use the reversible lane as a turn lane while going the wrong way and end up blocking traffic for commuters. My biggest complaint is during the morning with the lane for driving north. At the Lewis-Lafayatte intersection, people in the far right lane cross into the new left-turn lane to turn onto El Camino and cut off vehicles driving in the lane on their left.
Is there any way Santa Clara can add additional road markings or signs or do anything to help with these problems?
A Yep. The city will install new markings to better guide motorists when entering/exiting the reversible lane area on Lafayette. The system will also illuminate roadway markers to clearly identify what one is supposed to do. Money will come from the city's portion of the $10 vehicle registration fee approved by county voters a couple of years ago.
Q Every morning, I commute along Lafayette Street on my way to Central Expressway. Between Homestead Road and Lewis Street, there is a reversible center lane, which I always use. My question: At the end of the reversible, center lane, who has the right of way into the three lanes on the other side of Lewis? The reversing lane ends at the intersection, and on the other side, there is a left-turn lane onto El Camino, and two through lanes. I have always assumed traffic in the reversible lane has the right of way into the left of the two through lanes, but on more than one occasion, I have encountered people from the right lane of Lafayette entering the left through lane to cross El Camino. I assume these people are either not paying attention, or don't have the common sense to realize that the reversible lane traffic will, by default, continue into this lane. But I wanted to get your opinion on the matter.
A City engineers say once motorists cross Lewis Street, Lafayette remains two northbound lanes until about 100 feet before El Camino and motorists crossing Lewis are expected to end up in the same lane they started in.
Motorists in the reversible lane in the morning end up in the left lane, and motorists in the normal lane, end up in the right lane. Afterward, if safe, they can switch lanes.
Q I thought this was funny: "A lot of friction is caused by half the drivers trying to go fast enough to thrill their girlfriends and the other half trying to go slow enough to placate their wives."
A You made me laugh.