When do radar operations become fire hazards? Is it legal to walk along Highway 12? And a love letter to Caltrans. Keep reading.
Question: Today I was driving north on 101 just past the northbound airport road on ramp. Sitting behind the fence alongside the highway next to the sign is a hiding place for the CHP. I saw one standing there today he was holding a radar gun and clocking the speed of passing autos. My gripe; the supposedly well trained highway patrolman parked his curser in the dry grass along side the road, oblivious to the fact that the catalic converter on his vehicle is a major fire hazard.
The owners manual for most autos states use caution when driving or parking in dry grass because the hot catalic converter can start a fire. This also includes the Highway patrol officers. get a clue guys. — Kathy Condon
Answer: This actually is an issue we regularly brief officers on. Since your reader saw this recently, I will make sure it is revisited. — CHP Officer Jon Sloat
Question: I volunteer at the Sonoma Humane Society fairly regularly, and I take public transit. Recently, I got out of a volunteer shift about an hour early for my bus. I decided to see how far I could walk until the nearest bus stop, starting east on Hwy 12 from the Humane Society at a brisk walking pace.
After about 10 minutes a man stopped me in his truck. He informed me that it was actually illegal for me to walk along this highway in this manner, that the CHP could potentially stop me. If there is a bus traveling on a road, with bus stops spaced up and down said road, then wouldn’t it make sense that there could be pedestrians (legally?) walking up and down this road, to and from their bus stops? I would really love a clarification on this issue, thank you. — Megan
Answer: No, it is not illegal for Megan to walk there. The “freeway” ends just west of Fulton Road, and pedestrians are allowed. There will always be a sign that says pedestrians are prohibited at the entrance to any freeway. With that in mind, Megan should make sure she is walking against traffic and using caution, as there is nothing separating her from vehicles going 50 mph. — CHP Officer Jon Sloat
And finally, a shout out from Jeffrey S. Boyd:
Sign on Hwy 101, near airport: SHARE THE ROAD. LOOK TWICE FOR MOTORCYCLISTS! Thank You, Caltrans!