Ask George contributes to Street Smarts

Below is a guest blog submitted by the Department of Motor Vehicle's Ask George transportation column, which offers expert answers to motorists' questions. Below are topics that are off the beaten path but are no less important to know the answers to. Dear Ask George, Q: I saw a bus driver run a red light at an intersection where there are cameras. The entire bus was still in the intersection when the light turned green the other way. Can bus drivers get red light tickets? A: Yes bus drivers can get tickets. The tickets are usually sent to the company so they can identify the driver and the driver is responsible for paying the fees. Each company has different restrictions on their drivers, but most companies reprimand their drivers if they are cited to ensure that all drivers are being safe on the road. Q: My friend told me she got pulled over for driving with oversized sunglasses the other day. I don’t believe her and it sounds a bit ridiculous to be cited for such a thing. Can someone be given a ticket for driving with large sunglasses? A: Yes, your friend was not joking with you! You can be cited for wearing large glasses since they can potentially reduce your vision and create a dangerous driving environment. Frames that have a temple width of half an inch or more in thickness could interfere with your vision and are considered too large for safe driving. Q: I noticed a handicap parking space on a residential street. Can anyone request a blue curb and handicap parking sign in front of their house if they have a person in need living in their home? A: Anyone can request the privilege. Every city has their own policies and each requires different documents and fees from the applicant. Some cities will require the applicant to have proof of a handicapped license plate or placard. The applicant must also prove that there are no off-street parking spaces available in front of the house. Some cities may also require a doctor’s note stating that the applicant is unable to go 50 feet from the curb without the assistance of another person. Learn more about these topics, including handicap placards, and other road safety information at online at www.dmv.ca.gov.
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