Q. Hello Honk: I saw flashing lights on the top of an Anaheim Union High School District bus today. I’ve seen these flashes on buses before in Texas. What does the white flashing light mean?
– Mario Luna, Anaheim
ONE. “It’s an extra safety device in the presence of fog,” says Rob Lewis, which oversees the Anaheim Union’s shipping division.
Flashing lights are affixed to the top of the bus towards the rear of the vehicle. In Anaheim Union, many of the district’s newer buses have them. It’s an option, like the STOP signs that operate from the side of some school buses.
Yes, school buses have multiple lights, but these are quite bright and are just an extra measure to ensure drivers can see the vehicles and take additional precautions.
Of course, in Anaheim, there’s not much need for lights, with pea soup being an occasional guest.
Q. Hi Honk: When I arrived in Oregon a few months ago, an Oregon woman backed into my car. I waited a few days until I returned home to California to report to her insurance company. She admits fault. Do I need to report damage to the Oregon Department of Motor Vehicles, to the California DMV, or both? I know there was an amount involved in notifying our DMV.
– Jaime Gutierrez, Yorba Linda
ONE. Since the collision occurred outside of California, Jaime, you do not need to report it to the DMV here, Angelica Martinez, a spokesman for the California DMV, told Honk.
In Oregon, traffic crashes must be reported if at least one vehicle or person’s property is damaged more than $2,500, David’s House, a spokesman for the Oregon Department of Transportation. Or if a vehicle is towed, or someone is injured or killed. Information will be submitted within 72 hours.
Let’s go back to California, because that’s where most Honkland residents encounter such requests.
“If this incident occurs in California, the driver will be required to report the collision by completing a California Traffic Accident Report (which the DMV calls SR 1) to the DMV within 10 days. if there is more than $1,000 damage. Martinez told Honk in an email.
So if two cars collided and each suffered $501 in damage, that wouldn’t trigger the reporting law, she said. Oregon’s reporting numbers are higher, but when the law goes into effect the same logic is used.
Honkin’ fact: Astronauts, since launching the Gemini missions in the mid-1960s, have been allowed to carry “personal hobby kits” – things they want to take to space and bring back or leave International Space Station. The NASA website says: “Information about the items astronauts carry is generally kept very private, but typical PPK items include family photos, organization flags, t-shirts, ball caps and hats. books, religious texts and personal mementos”.
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https://www.sbsun.com/2022/01/21/some-school-buses-carry-a-stobe-light-on-roof-for-extra-warning/ Some school buses carry flashing lights on their roofs for further warning – San Bernardino Sun