Here’s a question from a Road Warrior reader:

Can you look into the signal light issues that have been occurring Brush Creek Rd and Hwy 12 intersection ever since Caltrans did work there back in August. The sensors DO NOT WORK and cars waiting to turn left and head east onto Hwy 12 from Brush Creek Road are left sitting at the signal for sometimes close to 8 to 10 minutes waiting for a green light. Just this past weekend, I watched 3 cars all at different times choose to just turn on the red light as their impatience grew. This is going to become one of the most dangerous intersections if the signal sensors do not get repaired ASAP. –KS

The answer, with the help of Santa Rosa’s traffic engineer, Rob Sprinkle, is that Caltrans has been notified of the problem, and it promised to send a maintenance crew to check it out. And hopefully fix it before someone gets hurt or killed.

Update: Caltrans reported Tuesday morning that the traffic signal has been fixed.

Here’s another question from a reader:

I’ve been searching all over the web for a place to report serial traffic violations in unincorporated west county. Do you know where I should be looking? We live along Occidental Road, and there is zero enforcement of the speed limit and daily acts of road rage. –Vicki

The answer comes from CHP Officer Jon Sloat, the spokesman for the Sonoma County office, who says just call the local office at 588-1400 and let them know that you’re reporting a traffic problem or violation. The CHP handles traffic enforcement in the county’s unincorporated areas as well as the highways.

He says you also can report it online at the chp website — chp.ca.gov — but anything reported online has to be forwarded to the local office. So you might as well cut through the red tape and call.

The CHP website does have a page where you can report out-of-state license plate cheaters — http://www.chp.ca.gov/prog/cheaters.cgi


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    Them signal sensors do not work at all in most locals , when you ride a motorcycle this happens all the time!.

    December 17th, 2012 10:39 pm

  2. Daily Commuter

    You think that’s bad you should see the light on Hearn and stony Point. I see 3 people a day running that red light because the light only stays on long enough for two cars to go through unless there is someone going straight on the other side of Hearn then one car gets through. I have noticed several people complain about this light as well and yet there is still no change. Heck I even saw a guy get out of his car press the pedestrian crosswalk button so the 20 cars behind him could get through the light before it turned red. Something needs to be done.

    December 18th, 2012 8:37 am

  3. Will

    Well I’m REALLY surprised that the light at the entersection on College Ave and Cleaveland Road is not mentioned here.
    You know the one.
    When you are going home from work or anytime and are at the corner of Cleavland Road and College Ave attempting to turn left to get onto Hwy 101 the left turn signal only lets 2-3cars get through.
    This light has been this way for at least 5 years.
    Most times it’s faster for me to drive through the neighbor hoods to get over to Stony Point and Hearn than it is to get on Hwy 101!!!
    Surely this is one of the worst timed light in Santa Rosa.

    December 18th, 2012 10:47 am

  4. Rik G

    The most frustrating thing I have encountered is the [absolutely stupid] consideration CALTRANS has given to the two lane roads out/into Sonoma Valley as in HW 12 and 121 from Petaluma. Although, I feel for the four chldren killed [and I might add it was driver error] at the Washington/12 intersection, the decision to make that and HW 12 has led to many, many double line crossings as ALWAYS there is some old person, out of state person, truck etc. that slows traffic down to a way below speed limit. These are MAJOR highways, and every county from Marin, Napa, Mendincino to Lake have PASSING lanes and pullout/slow lane chances.

    The situatin is going to get worse. I KNOW the fatalities have gone done but NOT the illegalities when they think they get the chance. PLEASE have a new speed survey performed and ESPECIALLY on Adobe/121/ road by the long stretch there, allow passing or create a slow traffic lane: DISGUSTING>

    December 18th, 2012 1:17 pm


    U know how many times i have to hit that pedestrian button,,,countless…. when you ride a Motorcycle from work at 3AM every night you will see what i mean!

    December 18th, 2012 6:25 pm

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