Monthly Archives: October 2006

Low-cost school zone indicator

The in basket: Donna M. Floyd of Belfair writes, “I have an inexpensive and sure-fire way to stop the confusion as to ‘when children are present'” in school zones.
“When spending time in Mesa, Arizona, I found that they know how to make it work!” she said. “At the designated time in the morning each school day, the crossing guard (or whoever) puts a large white sign on the dividing center line on all roads that border schools and when children are NOT present, the sign is taken away!
“Both sides of this sign shout….. SCHOOL ZONE 15 MPH
ENFORCED.

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Motorcyclists react to column

The in basket: It got to the point Monday when I winced whenever the little chime announced I had a new e-mail.
I had that morning invited motorcyclists to defend the practice of driving between lines of stopped freeway traffic, something I’d seen when I was caught in an early-October freeway back-up in Los Angeles. Having checked locally, I declared it illegal.
Well, sound off they did, most of them pranging me for not knowing that while it’s illegal here, it’s legal in California. They even have a term for it – lane splitting.

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Motorcyclists in freeway traffic jams

The in basket: During an extended motor trip this fall, I found myself stuck in one of the infamous traffic jams that bedevil Los Angeles freeways. A rear-ender on I-10 had all but stopped traffic. During the crawl, probably three dozen motorcycles in several groups passed us driving down the line between the lanes – and between the larger vehicles. A few were probably doing it at 25 or 30 miles per hour.
It was annoying and an a little alarming to have them speeding by a yard or so from my door.

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Mainline street signs not always there

The in basket: Charlie and Cindy Sandine say, “Once you get away from major areas like downtown Silverdale, there are no street signs for the street on which you’re driving. You’ll always have signs for the streets you’re crossing but we’re used to being able to look on the same pole and see the name of the street we’re on. That’s important when you’re new in town.”

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Not everyone can legally ride in the bed of a pickup

The in basket: Brenda Byrd writes, “I am a pickup truck owner (Dodge Dakota) and I would like for you to clarify the law on passengers riding in the bed of the pick-up truck even if they are sitting down.
 It doesn’t make a bit of sense to me why seat belts are required for people
inside the truck and not required for anyone riding in the bed of the truck.

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What’s the pit on Silverdale Hill for?

The in basket: Doris Boyd has a question about a hole dug, apparently as part of the widening of Silverdale Way north of town.
“Before they began the actual work on Silverdale Hill, a large ‘pit’ was created on the east side of the road, at the crest of the hill,” she said. “It first had columns in it, and periodically those were changed. Later, they were gone, and the last time I went by, it was still just a pit, but a well- groomed one.”
This week she said it now is fenced.
“Can you tell us what purpose it was/is for?” she asked.

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