Q: I might say ninety percent of all drivers are on their telephones, no longer simply Prius drivers. There are many distracted drivers obtainable, now not simply teenage or young drivers either. I fortuitously will now not be one of those distracted by using a mobile telephone for the reason that I don’t own one … So a person guilty of speaking on a hand-held cellular telephone or texting whilst riding should see their coverage rates leap $290 12 months for three years. That ought to get the attention of these distracted drivers. … Raise the fines, please, to $500 or so. $one hundred sixty price ticket is not enough.
Tim South, Donna Harris, Phil Brady, and greater.
A: The results of an insurance survey may additionally marvel you. While the $290 charge growth is 10,000 percentage higher than in 2011, coverage agencies penalize drivers charged with a DUI with a price hike of $1,086 on common. Other violations that obtain harsh penalties from coverage organizations include driving too slowly ($305), making an unlawful turn ($332), or passing a faculty bus ($398).
Harsh? That’s now not harsh at all for texting, yakking on a cellular telephone, or checking email when in the back of the wheel. But an invoice operating its way thru Sacramento would upload a point to motorists riding file that can lead to license suspensions or reason someone to face greater highly-priced car coverage charges. If passed into regulation, Assembly Bill forty-seven could go into impact on Jan. 1, 2021.
Q: How hard to say goodbye in your Prius. I recognize how you experience approximately it. I was given my blue one in 2005 and also had 93,000 miles on it. I find it irresistible, and it is so faithful. It is probably my closing vehicle as I am 87 and won’t be driving for a lot longer. Good good fortune on your search for some other vehicle to like
Jennifer Harris, Portola Valley
A: And properly good fortune and happy motoring in your loved one Prius. Q: Can something be finished please at the brand new Starbucks on the corner of Hamilton Avenue and Darryl Drive in Campbell. Every weekday approximately 9 a.M., I force Darryl throughout Hamilton. The signal changes, and I actually have the proper manner to move up Darryl. It’s making me furious.
This isn’t the first time this has passed off. The different day I was nearly given caught inside the intersection because 3 SUVs had to get in line for Starbucks ahead of me, blocking off-site visitors. Can the doorway to Starbucks be modified? At least the entrance to the force-thru lane. Has all of us else had this problem?
Jan Williams, Campbell
A: Yes, others have complained about this, and the town and Starbucks are discussing possible changes to ease this trouble. Stay tuned.