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Sound Off: Readers call for safer traffic lights

Here are some comments from Road Warrior readers: Why not better traffic lights? About 6 years ago, I moved from a town of about half a million people to Santa Rosa, but I still travel around the country quite a bit for work. I’ve noticed that many cities only use protected left-turn lights when there is little to no visibility of oncoming traffic to make a safe left turn, theoretically, without assistance (due to blockage or curvature in the road). Sonoma County… Read More »

Is the gas-tax-free ride ending for electric vehicles?

Californians who drive electric-powered cars are getting a free ride when it comes to gas taxes that pay for much of road maintenance costs, but that could end if a national movement to charge owners a fee spreads here. “Its not here yet, but we anticipate it’s not far away,” said Jay Friedland, legislative director for Plug in America, a California-based nonprofit that advocates for electric vehicles. Legislative efforts to levy a fee on electric vehicles are gaining attention in… Read More »