Q I found myself in heated discussion with a co-worker about the proper protocol when calling 911 for a roadside problem. He said if the phone keeps ringing, just hang up. I said you should stay on the line. What do police recommend?
A Stay on the line. Here is advice offered by police dispatchers to motorists making 911 calls on their cellphones.
Q Last Friday another car hit the center median at the Valley Surprise on Highway 17. I suspect the vehicle was traveling too fast for the curve.
Does anyone have plans to improve north 17 between Summit Road and Los Gatos? For example, speed signs are posted on two curves on south 17. If speed signs and flashing fellow lights were added, many accidents could be prevented.
A Safety improvements are nearly complete. The four-decade-old drainage system will be replaced with a system able to drain off excess water much faster. In addition, all concrete and metal-beam guardrails beyond the right shoulder that were not up to current standards or had been damaged will be replaced or reconstructed. Final paving repairs will be made this spring. No additional signage is planned.
Q The other week my wife and I watched as a private truck accepting furniture donations raced down our court in south San Jose. Nobody on our street had offered items, but the truck donated to us instead: A section of couch fell off, along with a 150-pound entertainment center no longer holding together after the fall. The truck didn't even slow down; we didn't get a plate.
We've had most of it hauled away at our own expense, but for next time do we have a better option?
A Contact the Department of Transportation at 408-0794-1900 or fire off an email to Streets.Dispatch@sanjoseca.gov. If the material is causing an immediate safety hazard, crews will be dispatched to remove the material.