Roadshow: Drop the cigarette butts back in the litterer's lap


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Q As a former firefighter, I did my best to do the following if I saw someone flipping a lit cigarette out their window, especially when I was in uniform. When I would be at a stoplight and see this, I would quickly get out of my car, pick up the burning butt and drop it back inside their car stating “you dropped something and it’s a $1,000 fine for littering”!

Thor Poulsen

Hayward

A And more cigarette litterbugs felt your wrath.

 

Q The last time I picked one up in civilian clothes, I flicked it back into a high-end convertible Mercedes then watched the driver pull over immediately, trying to get it out from between his seats. Another time at a stoplight I watched an entire ashtray of about 40 butts get dumped. I was able to scoop most of them up with both hands and pour them back onto the woman’s lap.

It’s time we take the litter off the streets and put it back where it belongs. Make people think twice!

Thor Poulsen

A I think you may have succeeded.

 

Q I was driving on Interstate 280 when a driver in an SUV threw a cigarette out his window. It hit my windshield and went down to where the wipers stay. I couldn’t get off the freeway since it was one of those bumper-to-bumper days. When I did stop and was able to lift the hood, it was there on the shelf.

I wish we could put up signs that say: “Please keep your butts in your car.”

Jean Gillette

San Jose

A And …

 

Q I was so upset one morning, getting home and venting to my husband made me think of you. I was behind an SUV with a man with his window down, arm out enjoying the fresh air like me, he dropped his cigarette out his window. I live where it is getting so brown (Niles Canyon) I couldn’t believe this idiot.

I drove up to him making a right turn while he made his left. I got to give him the peace sign with one finger. I hope he figured out what I said.

Sue Barnett

Sunol

A I’m hoping he did, but don’t raise the road-rage factor.

 

Q Mr. Roadshow, I appeal to you about a potentially dangerous condition on Highway 1. My wife and I were on our way to a concert and after passing through the Devils Slide tunnel (what a blessing for us coastsiders) and dropping down into Pacifica, we were confronted with a very hard stop for traffic in front of us. As we moved into Pacifica we could see that a temporary light was installed about 500 feet south of the signal.

Now it is obvious this is for a construction project; however, the main issue I have is that all Caltrans thought was needed was “Road Work Ahead” signs. To make that drastic of change without visual diagrams of the diversion is just plain negligent.

Mark Zborowski

Half Moon Bay

A Help is coming. Caltrans will add a “Signal Ahead” sign approximately 500 feet south of the new temporary intersection and will alter the message for the southbound electronic signs to state “SB Route 1 Detour” and “Turn Right at San Pedro Avenue.”

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