Roadshow: Some trucks can use the fast lane


Bay Area News GroupTrucks on Interstate 880 in Hayward.Q I notice a lot of big trucks in the carpool lane on Interstate 680, both directions. Yes, they have two or more persons (sometimes), but are they legally allowed in the carpool lanes? They are not 18-wheelers, just smaller trucks but it seems they should still have to follow some ... Read More→

Roadshow: Carpool cheating OK with some solo drivers


Bay Area News GroupCarpool lane on Interstate 280 north of Interstate 880.Q Carpool lanes need to go away. I understand their intent, but EVERY driver out there is paying taxes to build and maintain the road system. Why should only a small minority get to use these extra lanes? I'm sure it was thought that when special lanes became ... Read More→

Roadshow: Levi's Stadium traffic warnings worked

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Anda Chu/Bay Area News Group California Golden Bears fans cheer for their team in the first quarter of their game against Oregon Ducks at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., Friday, Oct. 24, 2014. () Q My husband worked from home last Friday to avoid traffic around Levi's Stadium for the Cal-Oregon game. We just laughed when the ... Read More→

Roadshow: Motorcyclists' stunts on 680 called 'pathetic'


Q The story of the brave, lone CHP officer trying to control dozens of out-of-control motorcyclists on Interstate 680 in Milpitas recently was so outrageous. These bikers were popping wheelies, driving fast and standing on their machines as they went from lane to lane. ... I can't believe people are this stupid and this disrespectful to ... Read More→

Roadshow: Rampant carpool cheaters tick off law-abiding drivers


Mercury NewsCarpool lane on I-280Q Although unpopular with many, carpool lanes are part of the traffic scene and do serve a purpose. That notwithstanding, carpool lane violations on Interstate 280 and on Highway 101 through Silicon Valley are absolutely out of control. It's incredibly frustrating for those of us who obey the carpool lane ... Read More→

Roadshow: Is it legal to pass in the carpool lane?

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Ron BurdaSan Mateo Bridge toll plaza. (Mercury News)Q Is it legal for drivers to use the carpool lane as a passing lane? The FasTrak lane on the San Mateo Bridge moves quite slowly until cars have moved over to get into the cash lane. Unless there are a lot of cars with stealth baby seats, it seems like quite a few single drivers are ... Read More→

Roadshow: Panhandlers can be ticketed at freeway ramps

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Bay Area News GroupPanhandler on an offramp in El Cerrito, Calif., 2004.Q There's a guy who panhandles at my very busy offramp every day around 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Cars will stop to give him money, and it really backs things up onto the freeway. I asked a CHP officer if this was illegal, and he said vehicle code 22520.5 prohibited this, ... Read More→

Roadshow: In two words, why South Bay drivers should care about Alameda County tax


Bay Area News Group580-680 interchange in Dublin, Calif., during construction of the flyover from northbound 680 to eastbound 580. Q What's the most important East Bay traffic need, which clearly affects San Jose commuters as well? The 580-680 interchange. The two most important words are: FREMONT FLYOVER! MUST HAVE FREMONT FLYOVER! ... ... Read More→

Roadshow: When your license plate draws a cop's attention


Marin Independent-JournalChecking license plates on Tiburon's surveillance camera system. Q I have personalized license plates on my car that are 25-plus years old. The paint on the lettering on the rear plate has pretty much worn off and I was pulled over recently by a police officer. He told me he couldn't read my plate and told me ... Read More→

Roadshow: Nurse appalled by drivers' reactions to ambulance


Doug Oakley, Bay Area News GroupAmbulance on a Berkeley street. Q Dear Mr. Roadshow (and Mrs. Roadshow): I am a big fan and so are my emergency nurse and critical care colleagues. Every day, we learn something new from your column.Connie YokumA But today we are going to learn something from you.Q As a retired critical care nurse, I have ... Read More→