Some feedback

Tying Up Some Loose Ends: Some recent Road Warrior columns about traffic signals that won’t detect waiting motorcycles, litter blowing out of garbage trucks and knowing whether your toll-collection responder for the new Tacoma Narrows Bridge is working brought some followups you should know about.


Tying Up Some Loose Ends: Some recent Road Warrior columns about traffic signals that won’t detect waiting motorcycles, litter blowing out of garbage trucks and knowing whether your toll-collection responder for the new Tacoma Narrows Bridge is working brought some followups you should know about.
Gary Timm, a Northern California motorcyclist who happened to be in this area when we discussed on Jan. 15 how a large magnet on the bottom of a motorcycle will help balky traffic signals recognize the ‘cycle, passed along another strategy overcoming that problem
He shuts off his engine while waiting, he said, then restarts it. The signals in-pavement detectors detect the resulting electrical field and change the light, he said.
Vickie Bushnell of Kitsap County Public Works’ solid waste division read the May 9 column about litter blowing out of garbage trucks, and had this to add:
“Residents can help keep down the amount of loose litter that escapes garbage trucks. Here’s how: Always put your garbage in a plastic bag and tie it off before placing it into your garbage can or dumpster. Resist throwing ‘one more loose thing’ into the garbage can. That way, only tied off bags are added to the truck.
“Another way to keep litter off our roads is to make sure the lid is tightly secured on your garbage can or dumpster. It not only reduces litter from being tipped over or broken into by animals, but also when the garbage truck picks it up.”
More information on ways you can help prevent roadside litter and clean it up is online at www.kitsapgov.com/sw/.
Janet Matkin of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge electronic toll collection program Good to Go! says drivers such as Scott Minard, subject of Wednesday’s column, who worry about not learning that their windshield transponder isn’t working until they get a citation in the mail, can find out later this month, when the overhead readers in the through lanes approaching the bridge start detecting crossings. No money will be deducted from the Good to Go! accounts until the new bridge is open, but each detected crossing will be shown on the car owner’s account. Transponder owners can check their accounts online to make sure the crossings shown square with what they have done.

2 thoughts on “Some feedback

  1. What? Now it’s MY responsibility to ensure garbage doesn’t fly out of garbage trucks once the garbage is in THEIR custody? We already have the garbage Nazis telling us what we can and can’t throw away in infinite detail. Now you want everything in a PLASTIC (non-bio-degradable) bag? Ludicrous. Once that garbage gets dumped from my can to your garbage truck, it is your problem. I paid you to haul it away. Deal with it.

  2. RE: Scott Minard’s inquiry about penalties for faulty transponders. I had asked the same question on line at the Good To Go! website. The reponse I got was that there are photo cameras that will be recording the front and rear license plates of each vehicle. If your transponder isn’t working, the company can cross reference any compaints with the photos. If a penalty was assessed it will be reversed.
    That’s one reason it will be so important to notify the proper authorities if you want to move a transponder from one vehicle to another: the information on the transponder must match vehicle and license plate.

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