Traffic tickets on a sliding scale? Is this some kind of joke? Roadshow – East Bay Times


Q: I had to watch Friday’s fines column twice to make sure it wasn’t April Fool’s Day. Here’s a concept: don’t break the traffic laws and you won’t get a ticket. Obeying the highway code will also reduce accidents and fatalities. Suspend licenses and impound the cars of extreme offenders.

Do your readers think we should reduce or eliminate insurance requirements for low income drivers because they cannot pay the premiums? Oh, and who’s going to determine the net worth of offenders? Should we create a new California state agency and task it with investigating driver income and net worth?

Fines are a penalty for breaking the rules. It sounds simple.

Dee Danna, San José

A: No, we don’t need more bureaucracy.

Q: Recently, I made a non-urgent call to the Antioch police after passing a man lying on the sidewalk. He looked sick, not hurt. After seeing it, I noticed a police car nearby and considered trying to signal the cop to stop so I could relay the situation, but quickly realized that I didn’t did not know whether it was appropriate to report a police officer in a non-emergency situation. situation.

I ended up stopping and calling for elective help. When is it appropriate to report a driving agent and how should it be done?

Patt Hoellwarth, Antioch

A: You made the right choice. You can also call 911 and explain that you don’t know if this is an emergency or not, and they will direct you to the appropriate number.

Q: Drill # 3 westbound Caldecott Tunnel is plagued by multiple roller coaster-like dips. They work on it occasionally, but it’s never really fixed. I guess it’s from the Hayward Rift. It’s pretty dangerous if you don’t expect it. This old bore is narrow and dark (another subject…).

Linda Landau, Orinda

A: Caltrans received a request to level the road in the Caldecott tunnel. Yours is one of many emails I have received about this area in response to recent reader reports of dangerous dips on the roads in the Bay Area.

Q: Caltrans gets a lot of heat for the trash on our roads, potholes and other things. Today I would like to compliment them on the recent resurfacing of I-280 from Foothill Expressway north of Palo Alto and beyond.

The redesigned road made driving this section very pleasant. It’s soft and silent. Thanks for a job well done!

Jeff Hacker, Palo Alto

A: I love good news like this. They used a rubberized coating, which produced a quieter and smoother ride.

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