Q Gary, has anyone ever written to complain about the situation on Central Expressway where it intersects with De La Cruz Boulevard and the problem of trying to make a left and then a quick right turn to the ramp to south 101?

Michelle Bonilla, Harry Friend, Kim La and more

A Oh, my, yes.

Q The right lane on Central Expressway is a carpool lane and it ends at De La Cruz. I have been entering the carpool lane as a solo driver just before it ends there, so that I can be in the right lane on De La Cruz to turn left and then right to 101 south.

Since there are only a couple of hundred feet once I make the turn, it is very dangerous to try to get over from the middle lane on the expressway, as cars and motorcycles in the carpool lane are traveling at high speeds when turning. After I almost hit two motorcycles trying to do this, I just use the right lane, entering just before the intersection, to be safe. Can I be ticketed for this?

Chris Burgman, Steve Shanahan and more

A Yep. I've fielded more complaints about this carpool lane than any other in the Bay Area by far. Chaos reigns, judging by your remarks.

The CHP recommends solo drivers on Central stay in the lane to the left of the carpool lane and use your turn signal well in advance to give other motorists warning that you want to make a lane change after passing through the intersection to get to 101. If that cannot be done safely, officers suggest continuing north on De La Cruz (which becomes Trimble Road here), using the ramp to north 101, exiting at San Tomas Expressway, and from there getting to south 101. John-the-CHP-Man says, "It is better to take a little longer than to cause an accident or risk a traffic citation."

But I bet few drivers will do this. I wish they would redesign the carpool lane on Central or onramp at De La Cruz to allow all drivers to use that lane to get to south 101. Something needs to be done to fix this mess.

And there's another problem -- solo commuters wanting to turn right from Central to De La Cruz.

Q I used to wait until I passed Lafayette Street to get in the right lane on Central, but there is normally so much congestion that the only way to proceed is to cut in front of another car, or else stop and make everyone behind you wait until someone lets you in. The safest way is to get in the carpool lane earlier at Scott Boulevard.

A few weeks ago I was given a citation with a fine of $490. Even though I was turning right, the officer stated that I was not supposed to be in the right lane until I passed Lafayette.

I do not use Central Expressway any longer since I do not think it is safe, and am outraged over the expense of this fine. I'm hoping you share my story so that others may beware.

Carolee Curtin

Scotts Valley

A Beware indeed. On all expressways, solo drivers cannot cross an intersection with a traffic signal and then proceed straight in the carpool lane to make a right turn at the next intersection. You have to make your move after crossing Lafayette.

Q San Jose police showed up recently to ticket all of the "one-person carpoolers" at De La Cruz and 101. Since then traffic has flowed much faster. A BIG thanks to the SJPD!

Ken Kutaka

A At least someone is happy.

Q Gary, being the leader of all things on our roads, I thought that including the recent Asiana crisis at SFO might qualify for your purview.

I was so impressed by Deborah Hersman of the National Transportation Safety Board during her briefings. She is articulate, doesn't "um" and "ah" her way through sentences. Calmly repeats for clarity each question. Never gets flustered by media questions. What a great spokeswoman for the NTSB.

Brian Spoutz

A Mrs. Roadshow and I agree.

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