The in basket: Gary Moore of Central Kitsap knows someone facing
a drunken driving charge even though the person blew a 0.05 on the
breathalyzer test after being stopped by an officer.
There was no infraction or accident involved, he said. Another
officer felt the person had driven across the edge line and radioed
ahead for another officer to stop the person.
State law says 0.08 blood alcohol is the lower limit for a
DUI, he said, adding. “They can’t have it both ways.”
The out basket: Well, actually, they can.
The in basket: Gas prices have gone up sharply this year. You
may have heard about it. They have generated a lot of news stories
about how people are having trouble making ends meet and cutting
back on their driving.
So when I drove by the Starbucks on Lund Avenue in South Kitsap
at mid-day a week or so ago, I was surprised to see six cars lined
up at the drive-up window. There may have been more around the
It didn’t appear that those drivers had made even a
fundamental concession to $4.30 gas.
The in basket: Debra Buchholz and Dave Dahlke, both of Port
Orchard, consider the new HOV lane coming out of Bremerton on
Highway 304 a waste of money.
“We now have an HOV lane, wow, for what, a whole mile, just to
have more idiots try to hurry and merge at
the last minute,” wrote Debra.
“Who’s idea was this?” she asked. “I truly would love to
know so I can
charge them when someone in my family gets hit by some impatient
driver who says, ‘Yeah, I will use the HOV to pass all of the
patient people trying to get
home from the shipyard during rush hour.’
Even though the Road Warrior column will appear on the usual
days between July 19 and Aug. 4, its author will be on vacation and
unable to approve comments during that time. The comments will be
reviewed when he returns.
The in basket: Matt Thurston of Indianola writes, “In the midst
of the current
budget crisis with (Kitsap) County, I would like to point out
some ‘waste’ as I
“On Miller Bay Road between Indianola Road and West Kingston
Road there was construction for numerous months. Now the
construction is complete.
There is a right-hand turn lane and a center turn lane. The only
is these lanes turn into a dirt lot. There is nothing there
except an old
“Just curious why my tax dollars paid for this,” he
The in basket: Rick Willlams, a South Kitsap motorcyclist,
“All roadways have various utility covers, often left recessed,
so they are sometimes a little hazardous.
“Why are they put down the middle of the street instead of at
the side of the road,” he asked. The pavement wouldn’t have to be
dug up to repair them if they were off to the side. Continue reading
The in basket: As I told you in the last Road Warrior,
General Manager Larry Curles of the West Sound Utility District
(the merged Karcher Creek Sewer District and Annapolis Water
District) had a quasi-riddle for me when I called him to ask why
sewer and water lines are laid in the street rather than on the
He asked if I knew why manholes covers are round?
The in basket: Jim and Judy Rowsen called about confusion over
right of way at a temporary bridge on Belfair-Tahuya Road at Tahuya
River Drive in Mason County.
There is a stop sign at each end of the bridge and a third on
Tahuya River Drive at one end of the bridge, which replaces a span
washed out last December.
The locals have adopted the practice of all cars on one end of
the bridge going at once, they said, with all those waiting on the
other end then going all at once.
But when their 22-year-old daughter did it that way, and
followed the car ahead of her across, even though she stopped at
the stop sign, a Mason County Sheriff’s deputy second in line on
the other side waved her over.
The in basket: Diane V., who doesn’t want her full name used,
and Barbara Burritt asked similar questions about speed advisory
signs in Silverdale.
Diane was confused by a 25-mile-per-hour sign at the head of the
upper on-ramp from Newberry Hill Road to southbound Highway
And Barbara found similar signs at the new interchange where
Highway 3 meets Highway 303 puzzling.
The in basket: Roadside vegetation becomes a problem every year
about now, as grass and brush put on a growth spurt in early
I’ve been watching the growth along Highway 166 at Ross Point
between Gorst and Port Orchard and have visions of lions crouching
in the reeds and leaping out to attack my passing car.
A greater problem, of course, is the narrowing passage available
to bicycles and pedestrians approaching and in the curve. I’m
surprised I haven’t heard from ‘cyclists who have less and less
space between them and passing cars in a poor visibility situation.
Maybe they just instinctively avoid that highway and go up Highway
16 to the Port Orchard exits.
I wondered when the state’s mowing crews would get around to