Q Last Thursday at 3.45 p.m. I was traveling on Union Avenue from Los Gatos toward San Jose and stopped at the traffic light at Union and Highway 85. The metering lights were on, and the onramp was backed up. The turning traffic bound for the onramp to south 85 blocked the intersection box in front of me when they could not get through before the light turned red.
A I hate it when that happens.
Q I could not start through the intersection, and had to wait for another cycle of the light. To make matters worse, the driver behind me began shouting, gesturing and honking the horn when I failed to blow through the light after it had gone red.
A And then ...
Q On the light's second cycle, the turning traffic again blocked the box! I managed to squeak through just before the light turned red. What can be done about drivers who block the intersection box?
It's a very annoying problem. This could all be resolved if drivers would only obey this rule: Do not block intersections!
A Annoying indeed. I forwarded this to San Jose police, but there are no plans to install cameras or adjust the lights. This is a case where impatient (selfish?) drivers create long delays, and it's usually those turning left who try and fail to beat the red. And, Alice, many others share your frustration.
Q Please, please, please help. I commute on Story Road and am thoroughly disgusted with drivers turning left from Story onto King. I can't tell you how many times those drivers block the intersection trying to make the light. Sometimes we miss the light totally while they block the whole intersection through the signal cycle.
Now, I know that you are not supposed to block an intersection, and they know that. They wind up getting honked at and some drivers threaten to hit them. I know the city needs money, so put some cops there for two weeks or so and that will generate revenue and hopefully curtail their behavior.
A Will do, but the cops could be busy.
Q I am so angry with drivers who fail to beat the red light when making a left turn from Saratoga Avenue onto the ramp to south Interstate 280 and end up stuck in the intersection. Guys (and gals), red means stop! ... I cannot begin to count the number of times drivers turning left onto Brokaw Road from south I-880 end up stuck in the intersection -- and then make me wait for one or two changes of the light so I can clear the intersection and turn onto the ramp to south 880. Grrrrr!
Phil Terry, Donna Reyes and many more
A And today's final word on this ...
Q I enter Highway 85 northbound at the entrance on Camden and Branham by driving straight across the intersection from Branham. The onramp is frequently backed up into the intersection, despite the "Do Not Block Intersection" sign.
During a green light, I try to wait until there is enough room for me on the onramp to not block the intersection. However, more frequently than not, as I am crossing, a driver heading south on Camden will make a right-hand turn onto the ramp when his light is red, which means I am now blocking the intersection.
Any chance of getting a "No Turn On Red" sign during commute hours?
A There are already two "No Turn On Red (6-9 a.m.)" signs here. They were installed a few years ago in response to other complaints, but they are frequently ignored.
Q This is off the beaten track, but every day I turn to read your column on Page 2, and at the bottom of the page I am greeted with a picture of Lindsay Lohan's crummy little face.
I am sick of seeing her. Put her on the back page or somewhere else. I don't care if she jumps over Niagara Falls and survives. She doesn't deserve the coverage she gets.
Can you get her moved away from your lovely column?
A Ban Lindsay! Ban Lindsay! Ban Lindsay!
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