Traffic calming on the road

Dear Street Smarts, Q After reading your (Bethany Drive residents work to calm traffic on neighborhood street, April 15, 2009) article, maybe you could pass along this info which might help their problem of speeders. When I drive through British Columbia, Canada, the small towns have average towns people set up a card table and chairs, and use radar units and camera’s to document speeders as they pass by. Those that exceed the posted speed are reported to the town police via walkie-talkie and issued a ticket on the spot. Since the radar readout has a hard copy and time that matches the camera picture the courts accept them. Regards, Tim Asmus A “I like the creativity of your reader’s idea based on the Canadian observation, but I don’t think it would be feasible here,” said Police Chief John Weiss. “Unfortunately, the laws may be different in British Columbia as to what the courts here will accept,” In California, the person who witnessed the violation must sign the citation and agree to go to court and testify against the driver if he or she contests the ticket for the citation to stick. “In order to use the radar, a person has to testify as to their training, which must include the ability to visually estimate speeds,” he said. “Our officers go to radar school and receive this training.” Another issue is identifying the violator, Weiss said. Writing down a license plate number -- or catching it on a traffic camera -- will identify the registered owner, who may not have been driving the vehicle when the violation occurred, he said. The registered owner could then go to court to fight the ticket, Weiss continued. “Our officers perform vehicle stops during radar violations, where they obtain the driver’s license of the violator, who they can then identify later in court,” he said. Q Yesterday, I was coming home from over the hill via Highway 9 and noticed that they have completely re-done the Santa Clara County side with a double yellow line that has a wave like bump system on the (center) line itself so as to let you know --and boy does it let you know -- when you are on or over the double yellow. This seems like a wonderful idea to me. Not only can it wake up a sleepy driver, but I’ll bet it keeps those speed racer motorcycles off the line, too. My question is, are they planning to go all the way with that on our side of Highway 9? I was so disappointed when it just stopped at the summit. This must be a costly process, but it sure seems like it would slow down those idiots on the motorcycles that scream through there. It would be great to see this on Graham Hill Road, too. Thanks so much. Nanci Judd, Boulder Creek A Caltrans District 5, which covers the Central Coast, is looking at the project their Bay Area counterparts in District 4 have installed on hihgways 9 and 152, officials with the state transportation agency said. There’s no plan for it, yet. But if funding is found, it is something that may come to Santa Cruz County “in the not so distant future,” Caltrans officials said.
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