Q: I wish there was an easy way to make our neighbors stop speed through our streets. Many people seem to have the mentality that once they get out of their driveway, other homes are just something to glance at.
I live on a hill and am faced with a convoy of Teslas speeding down the road as we try to back out of our driveway. We’re just nasty guys blocking their trajectory from home to 280.
Diana A., San Jose
A: Several years ago, the San Jose police held a series of civil defense meetings, expecting to hear about a variety of issues. Most notably, the number 1 complaint is speeding drivers on local streets.
The problem persists and can be especially worrisome when the offenders are your neighbours. Some people have erected images of children playing in plastic in an attempt to get people to slow down. Imaging radar could have been a partial solution, but was discontinued in the Bay Area when regulatory issues arose.
Q: Another catalytic converter theft, this one in San Leandro last week. Our 2001 Prius was barely worth the dollar, but these idiots stole the adapter anyway.
The Alameda County Sheriff’s Office has received the report, but is not hoping to return it. My mechanic estimated around $4,500 for the replacement part alone. The car has no such value.
I think it’s time to get tough on these types of thefts – say, no pardon, a minimum of a year in the murder case, and interest payments to the victim. Do we pay the police to handle these cases? Or do we need more taxes to hire detectives to clean up this scum?
Thieves will operate unabated until there is arrest and massive, continuous, relentless punishment. Why do we fool the thieves? (I don’t even want to get involved in the recent brazen vandalism.)
Mike Cheponis, Santa Clara
A: The police are getting tougher in some cities and have been burning people who accept stolen catalytic converters for the hundreds of dollars they could get for selling them. Expect more sales to happen if this issue persists, which is certainly possible.
Q: This is one of those things I haven’t heard before. A woman who recently purchased a used car from a local dealer and kept having to return it complained that the warning sound kept blaring. Tried many times to no avail.
In the end, a trip with the mechanic discovered the reason. The radar that warns her that she is too close to objects ahead will go off because she is following too closely to the cars ahead.
Myron Gananian, Menlo . Park
A: Great story. Hopefully she has changed her driving style.
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